The night is still young and we’ve already had a massive upset in conference tournament play. West Virginia has stunned Texas Tech in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers came into the game with a 13-19 overall record and a 4-14 mark in Big 12 play, which left them in last place in the conference. However, they jumped out to a double-digit lead and survived a late rally from the seventh-ranked Red Raiders and won 79-74.
West Virginia will move on to face the winner of Kansas and Texas in tomorrow’s semifinals.
Cue Country Roads!
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) March 15, 2019
West Virginia was led by Emmett Matthews’ 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. As a team, West Virginia made 20-of-22 free throws, including two late ones from guard Jordan McCabe to seal the win.
The Mountaineers also out-rebounded Texas Tech 45-30. This loss might wind up costing the Red Raiders a chance at a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
As for West Virginia, they surprisingly survive another day in Kansas City. They await either the Jayhawks or Longhorns in the semis, with Kansas State facing Iowa State in the other semifinal.
You can catch that Kansas-Texas game shortly on ESPN2.