Entering the season, few probably had Texas Tech penciled into their Final Four. The Red Raiders made an unexpected Elite Eight run last season, but as usual, Kansas was the focus of the Big 12 coming into the season.
After the regular season, it was the Red Raiders, and not the Jayhawks, in a tie for first in the Big 12. Tonight, as a No. 3 seed in a second straight Elite Eight, they clinched the first Final Four appearance in program history.
Texas Tech put forth an impressive defensive performance to knock off No. 1 seed Gonzaga, 75-69.
It has been a good year for Red Raiders, and the school’s most famous athlete—reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes—is celebrating Texas Tech’s Final Four berth.
It sounds like the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback may be heading to Minneapolis to watch his alma mater.
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) March 31, 2019
The Red Raiders may be the hottest team left in the Big Dance. After a stunning upset loss to West Virginia to open the Big 12 Tournament, Texas Tech has dominated in the NCAA Tournament.
In the first round, TTU took down No. 14 Northern Kentucky 72-57. They followed it up with a 20-point win over mid-major power Buffalo, the six-seed, and then held No. 2 seed Michigan to just 44 points in a 19-point victory.
Chris Beard’s team will face the winner of tomorrow’s Duke vs. Michigan State game in the Final Four next Saturday.