Red Raiders No. 8 in latest AP Top 25 basketball poll

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On a seven-game Big 12 Conference winning streak with a 20.6 scoring margin of victory in those wins, Texas Tech is back in the top-10 at No. 8 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Poll. The ranking matches the highest this season that they were at in Week 10 and 11. The Red Raiders are also at No. 10 in the NCAA NET Ranking and ESPN Power Rankings coming into the final week of the regular season.

The Red Raiders (24-5, 12-4 Big 12) are tied atop the conference standings with No. 18 Kansas State (22-7, 12-4 Big 12) coming into a pair of Monday night games. Tech hosts Texas at 8 p.m. at the United Supermarkets Arena, while the Wildcats travel to play TCU also at 8 p.m. in Fort Worth. No. 13 Kansas (22-7, 11-5 Big 12) is one game back in the standings going into a Tuesday night game against Oklahoma in Norman.

Tech has now been ranked in 15 straight polls after entering the season unranked. The Red Raiders, who were coming off a season where they advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, first made their poll debut this season in the Week 4 at No. 20 and have climbed as high as No. 8 in Weeks 10 and 11 before dropping back and now making their way back. The highest nationally ranking in program history came last season at No. 6.

Statistically, Texas Tech leads the nation by limiting opponents to 36.7 percent shooting this season and is currently third by holding teams to only 58.4 points per game, 10th with the opposition at 29.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 11th with a 14.5 scoring margin. Tech is second in the Big 12 and 27th nationally with 138 total blocks and on the offensive side of the court is second in the conference and 44th in the country with a 47.3 shooting percentage. The team is shooting 71.7 percent from the free-throw line which is second in the Big 12.

Individually, Texas Tech sophomore Davide Moretti leads the nation by shooting 93.0 percent (80-for-86) from the free-throw line. Moretti has made 16 straight free throws and is 21 of 22 at the line in the past four games. Wofford's Fletcher Magee is second nationally with a 92.7 percentage on free throws behind Moretti. Tariq Owens leads the conference with 69 total blocks and 2.38 blocks per game, while Jarrett Culver is third in the conference with 17.9 points per game and is sixth with 107 total assists. Culver is also second in the Big 12 with 107 free throws made, while Matt Mooney is second in the conference with 1.69 steals per game.

Texas Tech will complete its regular season after hosting Texas on Monday by travelling to play Iowa State at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Ames, Iowa. The Red Raiders are currently on a program-best seven-game winning streak in conference play and have already established the most wins in their Big 12 history with 12 victories with two games to play. With an 82.8 won-lost percentage, the team ranks first in the conference and is 16th nationally.

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