The Lady Raiders have earned their position by putting together one of the best non-conference resumes in the country. Their 14-0 record is certainly impressive, but there is more to it than just the wins. Those fourteen wins have come in an impressive fashion, with only four games decided by less than 20 points. Those wins also include victories over #7 Stanford, UCSB, Cal, Washington, and Rutgers. What looked to some like an overly easy non-conference schedule before the season started is currently ranked as the 31st toughest schedule by Collegerpi.com's rankings.
While a number one ranking is certainly a nice honor, the fact is that January rankings mean very little in the grand scheme of things. What is important right now is that the Lady Raiders can make a very strong case for being the best team in the country before they start conference play. Texas Tech will be forced to play against the toughest conference in the country. Teams like UConn, Duke and Tennessee have virtual cakewalks compared to the schedule that Texas Tech and Texas must face. Conference play will increase the Lady Raiders' strength of schedule relative to teams in weaker conferences. All of this adds up to a probable number one seed for the Lady Raiders if they can win the Big Twelve. While that certainly won't be an easy task, this team is certainly capable of it of walking away with the Big Twelve title in March. If that happens, the selection committee will look at Texas Tech and see a team that not only won the toughest conference in the nation, but also had an outstanding performance before conference play started. Of course there are a couple of obstacles in the way to that number one seed. The biggest will be the Super Bowl Sunday game in Austin against the Lady Longhorns. If the Lady Raiders can come away victorious, they will be well on their way to a Big Twelve title, and a #1 seed come tournament time.