Texas Tech moves to No. 23 in national rankings

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech is nationally ranked for the fourth straight week, coming in at No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Polls which were released on Monday afternoon.

The Red Raiders (16-5, 5-3 Big 12) join six other Big 12 teams in the national rankings this week, including No. 13 Baylor (16-5, 5-3 Big 12) to set up a Top-25 matchup at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Foster Pavilion in Waco. Tech is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after losses to TCU and Cincinnati last week.

UConn (20-2) remains the top-ranked team in the nation followed by No. 2 Purdue (21-2), No. 3 North Carolina (18-4), No. 4 Kansas (18-4) and No. 5 Houston (19-3). The Big 12 is also represented by No. 14 Iowa State (16-5) and No. 21 BYU (16-5). TCU and Oklahoma fell out of the polls after losses on Saturday but join Texas in receiving votes this week.
Texas Tech at No. 15 last week in the AP Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Poll. Tech, which was unranked in the preseason and through the first 10 weeks, has now been ranked for the fourth straight week after entering in the Week 11 poll at No. 25 in the AP Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Poll (January 15, 2024).

The Red Raiders are 3-2 against ranked opponents this season with wins over Oklahoma (then No. 11) after beating BYU and Texas when both were at No. 20. The losses came against Houston which was at No. 5 and last week at No. 25 TCU.

As a program, the Red Raiders were at No. 25 to begin the 2022-23 season following advancing to the 2022 NCAA Sweet 16 and were as high as No. 21 before falling out and not returning after three weeks. Tech’s highest AP ranking in program history came at No. 6 in February of 2018 (16th Week Poll) and 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.

Release Provided By WES BLOOMQUIST Texas Tech Athletics

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