Texas Tech has made three straight NCAA Tournaments, one of which featured the Red Raiders playing in the 2019 national title game. The program has been consistently good. But, unsurprisingly, when the Texas job opened after last season, Chris Beard opted to move from one Big 12 program to the other. So it was fair to wonder if Texas Tech would maintain its success under new coach Mark Adams, which is among the reasons the Red Raiders were unranked in the preseason despite strong computer numbers.
They opened this season with six whatever-wins.
Then they lost at Providence.
But Adams got the first truly significant victory of his Division I head-coaching career on Tuesday night. And that he did it at the age of 65, and inside New York's Madison Square Garden, is a pretty cool deal regardless of whether the game was a thing of beauty.
Final: Texas Tech 57, Tennessee 52 in OT.
The Red Raiders shot 31.1% from the field, missed 20 of the 24 3-pointers they attempted, finished with nine assists and 15 turnovers, and still beat a top 25-team. That's because the Vols shot a mere 26.8% from the field and missed 34 of the 40 3-pointers they attempted.
"I don't know if we can be any worse on offense — and we were in the game," said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, trying to find any positive.
With the win, Texas Tech went from unranked to No. 19 in Wednesday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. That, combined with Tennessee dropping from No. 11 to No. 20, pushed North Carolina, Ohio State, Seton Hall, LSU, Wisconsin, Xavier and Colorado State down one spot each, no fault of their own. That means Niko Medved's undefeated Rams are now essentially No. 27.
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Top 25 And 1 rankings
|Jaden Ivey finished with 19 points and two steals in Friday's 77-70 win over Iowa. The Boilermakers' next game is Thursday at Rutgers.||--||29-6|
|Duke was outscored 14-1 in the final five minutes of Tuesday's 71-66 loss at Ohio State. The Blue Devils' next game is Tuesday against South Carolina State.||--||27-9|
|Tyger Campbell finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's 73-61 win over Colorado. The Bruins' next game is Saturday at Marquette.||--||31-6|
|Justin Moore finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Tuesday's 67-53 win over Syracuse. The Wildcats' next game is Sunday at Baylor.||--||17-17|
|LJ Cryer got 20 points off the bench in Saturday's 99-54 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Bears' next game is Sunday against Villanova.||--||23-11|
|Chet Holmgren missed each of the four 3-pointers he attempted in Saturday's 91-82 loss to Alabama. The Zags' next game is Thursday against Merrimack.||--||31-5|
|Christian Bishop finished with 17 points off the bench in Friday's 88-58 win over UT Rio Grande Valley. The Longhorns' next game is Thursday against Seton Hall.||--||29-8|
|JD Notae finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's 86-66 win over Charlotte. The Razorbacks' next game is Saturday against Oklahoma.||--||22-14|
|Oscar Tshiebwe finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds in Tuesday's 76-64 win over Southern. The Wildcats' next game is Saturday at Notre Dame.||--||22-12|
|Bennedict Mathurin finished with 29 points and six rebounds in Sunday's 90-65 win at Oregon State. The Wildcats' next game is Wednesday against Wyoming.||--||28-7|
|Jaden Shackelford finished with 28 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's 91-82 win over Gonzaga. The Crimson Tide's next game is Saturday against Houston.||1||31-6|
|Ochai Agbaji finished with 23 points and five rebounds in Tuesday's 78-52 win over UTEP. The Jayhawks' next game is Saturday against Missouri.||1||28-8|
|Max Christie finished with 14 points and three assists in Saturday's 81-68 win over Toledo. The Spartans' next game is Wednesday at Minnesota.||1||21-13|
|Jordan Hawkins finished with 15 points and three rebounds in Saturday's 88-59 win over Grambling. The Huskies' next game is Wednesday at West Virginia.||1||28-8|
|Jabari Smith finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 86-64 win over Yale. The Tigers' next game is Saturday against Nebraska.||1||21-13|
|Isaiah Mobley finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday's 80-68 win over Eastern Kentucky. The Trojans' next game is Sunday against Long Beach State.||1||22-11|
|Tramon Mark got 18 points off the bench in Monday's 77-45 win over Alcorn State. The Cougars' next game is Saturday at Alabama.||1||33-4|
|Caleb Grill got 16 points off the bench in Saturday's 64-58 win at Creighton. The Cyclones' next game is Thursday against Iowa.||1||19-14|
|Terrence Shannon finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday's 57-52 overtime win over Tennessee. The Red Raiders' next game is Tuesday against Arkansas State.||NR||16-16|
|Tennessee shot just 26.8% from the field in Tuesday's 57-52 overtime loss to Texas Tech. The Vols' next game is Saturday against UNC Greensboro.||9||25-11|
|R.J. Davis finished with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in Sunday's 79-62 win at Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels' next game is Saturday against Elon.||1||20-13|
|Kyle Young finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in Sunday's 76-64 win at Penn State. The Buckeyes' next game is Wednesday against Towson.||1||16-19|
|Jamir Harris finished with 23 points off the bench in Saturday's 113-67 win over Nyack College. The Pirates' next game is Thursday against Texas.||1||17-16|
|Tari Eason finished with 20 points and five steals in Wednesday's 66-51 win over Ohio. The Tigers' next game is Saturday against Georgia Tech.||1||14-19|
|Johnny Davis finished with 25 points and five rebounds in Saturday's 89-76 winn over Marquette. The Badgers' next game is Wednesday against Indiana.||1||20-14|
|Paul Scruggs finished with 19 points and four rebounds in Sunday's 77-71 win at Oklahoma State. The Musketeers' next game is Wednesday against Ball State.||1||27-10|
IN: Texas Tech
OUT: Colorado State