Texas Tech will go into the third week of the season ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and USA TODAY Coaches Poll along with also being slotted No. 10 in the NCAA March Madness Power 36 by Andy Katz.
Texas Tech is off to a 3-0 start to its season after opening with wins over Eastern Illinois, Bethune-Cookman and Houston Baptist. The Red Raiders, who had been ranked No. 11 in last week's poll and No. 13 in the preseason poll, played one game last week, earning a 103-74 win over HBU in a neutral-court contest in Midland. Jahmi'us Ramsey led Tech with a career-high 25 points after going 10-for-13 from the field with three 3-pointers, while TJ Holyfield scored 21 points on 9-for-10 shooting and Kyler Edwards (15 points) and Davide Moretti (12) gave the Red Raiders four double-figure scorers. The Red Raiders, who got 11 assists from Chris Clarke, finished the game shooting 59.7 percent from the field and limited the Huskies to 39.4 percent shooting.
In the statistical rankings, Texas Tech leads the nation with 26.0 assists per game and the Big 12 with 78 total assists. The team is shooting 54.3 percent through three games which ranks eighth nationally and tops the conference, while a 29.7 scoring margin is 10th in the nation. The Red Raiders are scoring 89.0 points per game and are averaging 32.67 defensive rebounds per game, both ranking in the top-15 in the NCAA. Individually, Moretti leads the nation in free-throw percentage after starting the season 8-for-8 at the line a year after leading the nation at 92.4 percent (97-for-105), while Clarke is ninth nationally with 7.3 assists per game. Holyfield is 24-for-29 shooting this season (82.8 percent) which is third in the nation and Clarke's 22 total assists are second in the conference.
Duke (4-0) is now ranked No. 1 in the nation followed by Louisville, Michigan State, Kansas and North Carolina.
The Red Raiders return to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday when they host Tennessee State to begin a two-game home stand that continues with a 1 p.m. tip on Sunday against Long Island at the United Supermarkets Arena. Tech is on a 49-game home non-conference winning streak coming into the games. The team will then play four games on the road, starting with the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Thanksgiving Day against Iowa and then on Friday, Nov. 29 against San Diego State or Creighton followed by trips to Chicago to play DePaul on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Big East-Big 12 Battle and on Dec. 10 against Louisville in the Jimmy Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.