LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech is up two spots to No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll following its road victory over Oklahoma last week. The ranking is the highest the team has been this season in the AP Top 25 Poll and comes with the Red Raiders beginning a three-game home stand on Tuesday against Incarnate Word at 6 p.m. before hosting Oklahoma State on Saturday and Kansas State on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the United Supermarkets Arena. The team's only losses this season have come to Houston which is No. 5 in this week's poll and No. 3 Kansas.
The Red Raiders (7-2, 1-1 Big 12) enter the final week on the 2020 calendar statistically ranked fourth in the nation by limiting teams to only 54.0 points per game through nine games and are sixth with a 7.9 turnover margin advantage and ninth with 19.56 turnovers forced per game. TTU, which is coming off a 69-67 road win over Oklahoma on Dec. 22 in its only game last week, leads the Big 12 and is 14th in the nation by holding opponents to 36.6 percent shooting. The team has 71 steals, topping the conference and coming in at 24th nationally.
Gonzaga (7-0) remains the top-ranked team in the nation following its win over Virginia followed by Baylor (6-0), Kansas (8-1), Villanova (8-1) and Houston (7-0). The Big 12 is also represented in the poll by No. 8 Texas (7-1) and No. 9 West Virginia (7-2).
The Red Raiders have been ranked in the AP Top 25 throughout the season, starting at No. 14 in the AP Preseason Poll and then dropping back to No. 17 following a loss to Houston on Nov. 29 in Fort Worth. The Cougars were ranked No. 17 when they played Tech before surging into the top-5 for the first time this season this week. Following a four-game winning streak, the Red Raiders rose back to No. 14 before finding themselves at No. 15 last week after 58-57 loss to Kansas in the fourth poll of the regular season.