Red Raider Men's Basketball matches program best in newest AP ranking

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LUBBOCK - The Texas Tech men’s basketball team has earned a No. 7 ranking in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 polls released on Monday.

The Red Raiders (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) have dialed up wins in 19 of their first 23 games for the third time in program history. The 1953-54 team under Polk Robison also started 19-4 whereas the 1995-96 squad under James Dickey compiled a 30-1 start ignited by a program-record 23-game winning streak.

Texas Tech moved up three spots in this week’s polls after an overtime win over Texas coupled with a road win at TCU who was receiving votes in both polls. The No. 7 ranking matches a program-high which was set on March 4, 1996. The Red Raiders also have secured a quartet of Top 10 rankings which also equals a program-record with the 1995-96 team.

Texas Tech has already eclipsed its overall and Big 12 wins marks from last season and enter the week in a first place tie with 13-time defending regular season champion Kansas in the Big 12 standings.

Texas Tech continues its run of four consecutive midweek home games and faces off with Iowa State on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT from United Supermarkets Arena. The game will be televised by ESPNU and the ESPN app.