Red Raiders finish at No. 12 in national rankings

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech went from unranked through the first five weeks of the season to No. 12 in the final college basketball rankings which were finalized on Tuesday with the USA TODAY Coaches Poll being announced. The Red Raiders were also at No. 12 in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll that went out before the NCAA Tournament.

Tech finished the season with a 27-10 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Duke in a 78-73 game in San Francisco. The Red Raiders were 18-0 at home for the first time in program history in the regular season, ranked No. 1 in Kenpom.com defensive efficiency and went 12-6 in Big 12 play before advancing to the tournament finals for the second time in program history.

Kansas won the 2022 National Championship with a 72-69 win over North Carolina on Monday night in New Orleans to finish as the top-two teams in polls, followed by No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Villanova and No. 5 Gonzaga. The Big 12 is also represented by No. 9 Baylor and No. 23 Iowa State in the final USA TODAY Coaches Poll.

The Red Raiders were ranked for 14 straight weeks after beginning the season as unranked team. Along the polls, Tech finished at No. 1 in the Kenpom.com adjusted defensive efficiency rating and at No. 9 in the NCAA NET Rankings. Statistically, the Red Raiders were eighth nationally by limiting opponents to only 38.6 percent shooting and 11th with teams being limited to an average of 60.6 points per game. Bryson Williams led the Red Raiders with 14.1 points per game after scoring 21 points in the loss to Duke, while Terrence Shannon, Jr. (10.4), Kevin McCullar (10.1) and Kevin Obanor (10.0) gave Tech four players who finished in double-figure scoring for the season. Davion Warren was at 9.4 and Adonis Arms at 8.6 points per game in a season where depth and experience carried the program to its fifth Sweet 16 since the expansion of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mark Adams was named the AP Big 12 Coach of the Year and the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by collegeinsider.com after his first season leading the program.

Tech was ranked as high as No. 9 this season and has now entered the top-10 of the rankings in four of the past five seasons and has accomplished it this year by working their way up from beginning as an unranked team. Tech was not ranked for the first five weeks of the season before entering at No. 24 in the Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the AP Poll on December 13 following a win over Tennessee in the Jimmy V Classic. TTU spent four straight weeks at No. 25 in the AP Poll before moving to No. 19, No. 18, No. 13, No. 14 and No. 9 in the national poll. Tech was at No. 14 going into the postseason before reaching the Big 12 Championship final for the second time in program history with a quarterfinal win over Iowa State and semifinal victory over Oklahoma.

Tech’s highest AP ranking in program history came at No. 6 in February of 2018 (16th Week Poll) and the program spent one week at No. 7 last season before dipping back. The 2018-19 team was No. 8 in the final week of the regular season and No. 7 throughout the postseason that led to the 2019 National Championship Final.

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