19. Texas Tech (14-2)
The Red Raiders lost a couple games against Big East squads but have been very stable in Grant McCasland’s first season running the show. A lot has happened at this university in the last decade alone, leaving the Red Raiders hopeful that McCasland is the man for a long time. He’s certainly gotten this season off to a solid start, including last week’s road win at Texas in his first Big 12 game.
The winning continued this week, as the Red Raiders eased to a 90-73 win at home over Oklahoma State. All five starters were in double figures, highlighted by a 24-point performance from Pop Isaacs and a double-double from Darrion Williams. After falling behind by 11 at the half, Texas Tech clawed back and secured a 60-59 win against Kansas State on Saturday. It was another team effort, led by Joe Toussaint’s 12 points in that comeback victory.
Overall, Texas Tech has played very solid basketball, especially in their first few conference games in a tough Big 12. We didn’t learn much about this team early in the season against a weak nonconference slate, but we’re seeing that this offense can (usually) get the job done. Regardless of what’s happened, Texas Tech will be truly tested in the coming weeks, starting with a very difficult test at Houston next Wednesday.