One of the top teams in the Big 12, Texas Tech enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed seeking to avenge a conference tournament that ended all too quickly. Their opponent in the West will be No. 14 seeded Northern Kentucky.
The 2018-19 season saw Texas Tech emerged as one of the stingiest defenses in college basketball. Not only did the Red Raiders win their first-ever share of the Big 12 regular season title, head coach Chris Beard became the first-ever Texas Tech coach to lead the team to back-to-back seasons of 26 wins or more. Only a handful of teams could drop even 70 points on the team as they went 26-5 in the regular season. Not since the Bob Knight days have the expectations been so high, and coming off an Elite Eight appearance last year, the Red Raiders are eager for an even deeper run
Northern Kentucky is in the field after winning the Horizon League, topping Wright State in the title game. It is the second NCAA Tournament berth for the Norse, who also made it in 2017. Opponents beware: this team can score (79.1 ppg, 41st in the country) and they can shoot it a little too from three-point range. Four Norse starters score in double-figures.
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See you this weekend, Red Raider fans!#4To1
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) March 17, 2019
Date: Friday, March 22
Time: 1:30 p.m. EST
TV Channel: TNT
Location: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Steve Lavin, Jim Jackson, Evan Washburn
Prediction: Texas Tech were practically a freight train for most of the season, running through a good portion of the Big 12 and winning 11 of their last 12 regular season games.
The Norse are certainly capable of putting up points and locking down teams, but they’ve hardly faced any opponents of the Red Raiders’ caliber this season.
Texas Tech wins big.