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5 postseason takeaways: Texas Tech has the NCAA tournament to look forward to, face Northern Kentucky in bracket opener

Despite falling in first round of the Big 12 tournament, the Red Raiders' season lives on

No. 7 Tech (26-6, 14-5) suffered a 79-74 loss to West Virginia on Mar. 14 in its Phillips 66 Big 12 tournament opener -- eliminating the Red Raiders from the contest -- but the year has not come to an end for Tech head coach Chris Beard and company.

The Red Raiders face Northern Kentucky (26-8) on Friday in Tulsa, OK in their NCAA tournament opener in the West Region bracket. Time has yet to be determined.

Tech was named the No.