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Texas Tech basketball: Preseason poll should put chip on Red Raiders’ shoulder

Feb 13, 2018; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Chris Beard gives encouragement during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at United Supermarkets Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

By being picked 5th in the Big 12 basketball preseason poll, the Texas Tech basketball team should carry a chip on its shoulder this season.

Preseason polls are worthless. All they serve to do is give us some fodder to debate as we wait for the action to begin. But yet, they sure do seem to get under the skin of fans and that’s likely going to be the case with the 2020-21 Big 12 preseason basketball poll (voted on by the league’s coaches).