Texas Tech made a spirited dash in last season's NCAA Tournament and fell one win shy of reaching the Final Four.
The Red Raiders are looking to better that showing this year, beginning with Friday's first-round contest against 14th-seeded Northern Kentucky in West Region play at Tulsa, Okla.
Texas Tech (26-6) is the third seed in the West, and neither No. 1 Gonzaga nor No. 2 Michigan is viewed as an unbeatable obstacle.