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Texas Tech to face Montana State in First Round of NCAA Tournament

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance under coach Mark Adams next week as they attempt to make a deep run in March Madness.

The No. 3-seeded Red Raiders (25-8) will face No. 14 seed Montana State in the first round as part of action in the West Region that begins on Friday in San Diego, California.

The Red Raiders will be making their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, but their fourth in the last five years (the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled due to COVID-19). During that run, the Red Raiders went 9-3, reached the Elite Eight in 2018 and 2019 and the Final Four in 2019. Texas Tech lost to Virginia in overtime in the 2019 national championship game. 

Adams was at Texas Tech for all of those games, but he was the assistant coach. When Chris Beard left for Texas, Adams took over the program and has maintained the standard. The Red Raiders finished third in the Big 12 standings and reached the Big 12 Tournament title game, falling to Kansas on Saturday.

Adams was named the Heartland College Sports Big 12 Coach of the Year for his work in 2021-22. One of his transfers, Bryson Williams, made the All-Big 12 First Team put together by both Heartland College Sports and the Big 12 coaches.

Texas Tech started the season unranked, as Adams pulled together a roster of nine new players, to go along with holdovers like Terrence Shannon Jr., Kevin McCullar and Marcus Santos-Silva. By December, the Red Raiders moved into the AP Top 25 and stayed there the rest of the season, getting as high as No. 9 on two different occasions.

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