ESPN.com's Charlie Creme has posted his latest women's basketball bracketology projections.
Creme included eight Big 12 teams, but not Texas Tech. Colorado, Missouri and Kansas State were the three other Big 12 schools left out.
Creme included UCLA, which Tech beat at Pauley Pavilion.
The eight bids by the Big 12 were the most of any conference, followed by the Big East (7), ACC (6) and SEC (6).
Kelsi Baker, a 6-foot power forward at Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas, was named the Player of the Week by the Dallas Morning News on Monday.
Baker, who signed with Texas Tech last November, had a triple-double a week ago with 22 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. She followed that performance Friday with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The triple-double was Baker’s second of the season.
“I feel like she’s going to come in and be an impact player for us,” said Tech coach Kristy Curry, who watched Baker’s game in person Friday.
I hope there aren't too many people betting on Big 12 women's basketball this season.
If so, I hope they're really, really smart about who they put their money on.
It seems like very little has gone "according to plan" in the Big 12 this season. Nebraska is king of the conference right now; Baylor continues to struggle after losing its third conference game to Missouri; Oklahoma State has entered the picture as a threat any day of the week.
Baylor is 1-3 in conference play.
I really have great respect for the fact that after Texas Tech got handed its worst loss of the season and of the last four years, Kristy Curry marched into the postgame press conference with all three of the team's seniors behind her.
Ashlee Roberson, Jordan Murphree and Tilmila Martin all had forgettable nights on the court, but they didn't run from it.
"At this point we just got to come back and work harder each day in practce," Roberson said of the team's outlook after a 1-4 start to Big 12 play. "You can't look at today's game and dwell on it.
There isn't a whole lot to be optimistic about for the Lady Raiders when it comes to this year's NCAA Tournament.
Tech needs to finish at least .500 in the Big 12 Conference to have a chance at a bid, and even that seems questionable because of its relatively weak non-conference strength of schedule.
At 1-5 in conference play, it's all uphill from here on out and the odds are very, very against the Lady Raiders.
Earlier this season, I went through each game and broke down which ones I expected the Lady Raiders would need to win, which they were expected to lose and which ones were tos
The Lady Raiders need a post player. A true post player.
The Big 12 Conference is full of tremendously athletic, tall and talented centers and power forwards.
Kierra Mallard served the role for the Lady Raiders these past three months and last season, but with her suspension, Tech is in a quandary.
At 1-6 in the conference, this predicament is slightly less significant.
After Texas Tech snapped its six-game losing streak Wednesday against then-No. 13 Texas A&M, athletics director Gerald Myers was impressed with what he saw.
But Myers' enthusiasm went beyond a single Big 12 victory. He said fourth-year coach Kristy Curry has built a solid recruiting class for next season and feels the program is headed in the right direction.
"She has had to rebuild that program," Myers said Friday. "It takes time, and I think she's got a very good young bunch of players and some good freshmen and some good sophomores.
What a difference a week makes!
The Lady Raiders have not wavered from their preseason goals and that persistence seems to now be taking hold.
After back-to-back wins against top 15 opponents, Texas Tech has re-entered the tournament picture. ESPN's Charlie Creme has updated his bracketology and blessed Tech with a No. 10 seed.
Creme has nine -- NINE!
Kristy Curry, for one.
The fourth-year coach of Texas Tech always knew what her young squad was capable of, and these last few weeks speak volumes about the talent on the team.
"It shows a lot about their character," Curry said. "You don't go through what we went through unless you have great character and be able to overcome that. It says a lot about them. I have to credit my coaching staff. You've got a group of people who have competed at a really high level. They've continued to stay positive.
Texas Tech couldn't finish its season sweep of Oklahoma State on Sunday, losing 80-70 at United Spirit Arena.
The No. 23 Cowgirls shot better than 45 percent from the floor for the game, with Andrea Riley scoring a team-high 21 points. Tegan Cunningham scored 20, and Toni Young tallied a career-high 19.
It was a must-win game for the Lady Raiders on senior day.