Texas Tech Gets Ready For Big 12 Tournament

The Texas Tech men's and women's basketball teams have their seedings and are set to begin the Big 12 Tournament on Tuesday.

LUBBOCK — The final games are in the books and the seeding is set for the Texas Tech men's and women's basketball teams at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo., this week.

The Lady Raiders (21-9, 8-8 Big 12) locked up the No. 6 seed after a 61-56 win over No. 18 Oklahoma on Saturday. Tech finished with its best record in four seasons under head coach Kristy Curry and won its third game over a Top 25 team this season.

"We talked about putting an exclamation point on today," Curry said. "It's a brand new season. We've got a chance to win a championship and we've proven that we can beat the No. 1 team in the country. Why can't we go win the Big 12 championship?"

The Lady Raiders are looking for their first, first-round win at the tournament since 2006 and first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005.

Tech will take on 11th-seeded Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Kansas City Municipal Auditorium. The winner will face No. 3 Oklahoma (20-10, 10-6) at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL BRACKET

This is the 10th time the championship tournament will be held in Kansas City. The city hosted the first six women's postseason events from 1997-2002, as well as the 2005 and 2008-09 championships.

The Lady Raiders' game against Oklahoma State will be a first-round rematch of the 2009 tournament. Oklahoma State eliminated Tech, 63-57. The two teams split the season series, each winning its game at home.

The Red Raiders (13-18, 5-11) suffered a disappointing 66-54 loss at No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday and now enter the first round of the men's conference tournament as the 11th seed. Tech will face Missouri (22-9, 8-8), the No. 6 seed, at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The winner will face No. 3 Texas A&M (23-7, 10-6) at 8:30 p.m., Thursday. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL BRACKET

Missouri won the only meeting between the two teams this season, 92-84, in Columbia. The last time the two teams met in the conference tournament was in the second round of the 2009 tournament. The Tigers won that game, 81-60, before going on to win their first conference tournament championship.

Tech has lost in the first round of the tournament only once (2008) in the last 10 years.

Stay tuned to RaiderPower.com for complete coverage from Kansas City this week of the men's and women's Big 12 Tournament.

Travis Cram is the Managing Editor for RaiderPower.com. Email him at travis.f.cram@gmail.com and follow his daily updates on Twitter.


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