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Texas Tech Announces Tariq Owens' Status For National Title Game

Tariq Owens dunks in a Final Four game.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 06: Tariq Owens #11 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders dunks the ball against Nick Ward #44 of the Michigan State Spartans in the first half during the 2019 NCAA Final Four semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 6, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Texas Tech is less than two hours from playing in the first national championship game in program history. It looks like they will have the services of power forward Tariq Owens.

Owens injured his ankle in Saturday night's national semifinal win over Michigan State. While he returned to the game, he clearly looked hampered by the injury.

It was expected that Owens would try to give it a go tonight, and Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard confirmed to CBS' Tracy Wolfson moments ago that the fifth-year senior will play.

While Owens will be on the court, his effectiveness remains to be seen. Clearly, the injury is a tough one to play through on such a short turnaround. LubbockOnline's Carlos Silva posted a video of Owens riding on a golf cart with his teammates in the bowels of the arena a short time ago. He is still sporting a walking boot on his right foot.

Owens is a major factor for Texas Tech, particularly defensively. A strong rim protector, he is averaging 2.5 blocks per game to go along with 8.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Virginia and Texas Tech will tip off at 9:20 p.m. ET on CBS.