LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech has risen to No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Poll following a pair of Big 12 wins over Kansas State and Iowa State last week. The Red Raiders (10-3, 3-2 Big 12) are also No. 18 in the NET Rankings and No. 13 in KenPom.com going into a week where they will play at No. 4 Texas before hosting No. 2 Baylor.
Tech, which was at No. 18 (AP) and No. 19 (Coaches) last week, has been ranked throughout the season, starting at No. 14 in the AP Preseason Top 25 and being as high as No. 13 in the poll. The Red Raiders are fifth in adjusted defensive efficiency and are sixth in the nation by limiting opponents to only 58.0 points per game and with a 7.2 turnover margin advantage. The team is second in the nation and leads the Big 12 with 241 free throws made and 340 trips to the line after going 18-for-21 in its 91-64 road victory at Iowa State last Saturday.
Gonzaga (12-0) remains the top-ranked team in the nation, followed by the Bears (11-0), Villanova (8-1), Texas (10-1) and Iowa (11-2) in the top-5. Kansas (10-2) is at No. 6 this week, while West Virginia (9-4) is No. 13. Oklahoma State received 28 votes in this week's poll.
The Red Raiders also lead the Big 12 with 54 blocked shots this season with Marcus Santos-Silva at 16 and Tyreek Smith at 12, while the team is second in the conference by holding opponents to 39.0 percent shooting, forcing 18.31 turnovers per game, having only 11.2 turnovers per game on offense and accumulating 99 steals. Mac McClung leads the Big 12 with 199 points this season and is second with 54 made free throws, while Santos-Silva is second in the conference in blocks. Kyler Edwards, who led Tech with 19 points in the win at ISU, leads the Big 12 with a 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio with him having 39 assists and only 13 turnovers through 13 games. Edwards has made 24 3-pointers after hitting three against the Cyclones which ranks as the fifth most in the conference.
Texas Tech will return to action against the No. 4 Longhorns at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin before hosting No. 2 Baylor at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena. Tech is currently 2-0 in road games this season going into the matchup against the Longhorns. Tech is 0-2 this season in ranked vs. ranked matchups after going 1-4 last year against top-5 teams. The win came against No. 1 Louisville in New York. The Red Raiders have 12 wins over top-5 teams in their program history, including six in the Chris Beardera. The Longhorns are coming off a 72-70 win at No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday to extend a six-game winning streak.