Can Texas Tech win March Madness? We break down the Red Raiders’ chances of taking home the NCAA tournament title.
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In 2018, the Texas Tech Red Raiders made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. They were eventually beaten by the Villanova Wildcats. The Red Raiders made a strong showing in the tournament and proved that they can compete with some of the best teams in the country.
This year, the Red Raiders are back and they are looking to make another deep run in the tournament. The question is, can they do it?
There are a few things working in favor of the Red Raiders. First, they have one of the best players in the country in Jarrett Culver. Culver is an outstanding scorer and he has the ability to take over a game. Second, they have a deep and experienced team. They have several players who have been through the rigors of March Madness before and they know what it takes to win.
The Red Raiders also have a favorable draw in this year’s tournament. They are set to play Northern Kentucky in the first round, which should be a winnable game for them. If they can get past Northern Kentucky, they will most likely face Nevada in the second round. Nevada is a good team, but Texas Tech should be able to handle them if they play well.
From there, things could get interesting for Texas Tech. If they can make it to the Sweet Sixteen, they will most likely face Virginia. Virginia is one of the best teams in the country and they will be a tough out for anybody. However, if any team is capable of taking down Virginia, it might be Texas Tech.
The bottom line is that Texas Tech has a real chance to make a run in this year’s tournament. They have the talent and experience to make noise and their draw is favorable enough that they should be able to make it out of the first weekend. After that, anything can happen
The Case For Texas Tech
Texas Tech has been one of the best teams in the nation all season. They have a great coach in Chris Beard, and they have a lot of experienced players. They also have a very good defense. Some people may not think that Texas Tech can win March Madness, but I think they definitely have a chance.
Texas Tech is led by senior guard Keenan Evans, who is averaging 17.6 points per game. He is the Red Raiders’ leading scorer and best player. He’s a strong, athletic guard who can score in a variety of ways. He’s also a good defender. Evans has been Texas Tech’s best player for the past two seasons.
Texas Tech also has a very good supporting cast. Junior guard Mohammad Bamba is averaging 11.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He’s a physically gifted player with a 7-1, 225-pound frame and a wingspan that measured 7-9 at the NBA Combine. Bamba is an excellent shot blocker (4.5 per game) and rebounder (10.2 per game). He’s also a very good Rim Protector, as he’s holding opponents to 52 percent shooting inside the arc (per KenPom).
Sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He’s a very good all-around player who does a little bit of everything for the Red Raiders. Culver is an excellent shooter (48 percent from three-point range), and he’s also a good defender (1.5 steals per game).
Junior forward Zhaire Smith is averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from three-point range. Smith is an excellent all-around athlete who can score in transition or knock down threes in half-court sets.
The Red Raiders also have two other players averaging in double figures: sophomore guard Davide Moretti (11 points per game) and junior forward Tariq Owens (10 points, 6 rebounds per game). Owens is an excellent shot blocker (2 blocks per game) and rebounder (6 per game).
Looking at the Red Raiders’ schedule, there are a few tough tests remaining. First, they have to travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks. Then, they have a home game against Baylor, which should be a tough test. Finally, they end the regular season on the road against Oklahoma State.
Texas Tech is currently ranked #6 in the nation according to the AP Poll. They are 23-5 overall and 11-4 in the Big 12 Conference. They have some impressive wins under their belt, including a victory over then-#1 ranked Louisville and a win over then-#3 ranked Kansas. They have also beaten NCAA Tournament teams Oklahoma, Iowa State, and TCU.
Texas Tech is led by their senior guard Keenan Evans, who is averaging 17.6 points per game. Evans is flanked by sophomore guard Jarrett Culver, who is adding in 15.2 points per game. Senior forward Zach Smith rounds out the double-digit scorers for Texas Tech, averaging 10.1 points per game and adding in 5.5 rebounds per game.
The Red Raiders have a balanced scoring attack, with eight players averaging at least five points per game. They also have a deep bench, with nine players averaging at least 10 minutes per game.
Texas Tech has been excellent on both sides of the ball this season. On offense, they are averaging 78 points per game while shooting 49% from the field and 39% from three-point range. On defense, they are holding opponents to just 63 points per game while holding them to 40% shooting from the field and 30% shooting from three-point range.
With their balanced scoring attack and suffocating defense, Texas Tech has all the tools necessary to make a run in the NCAA Tournament.
The Case Against Texas Tech
Texas Tech has a strong basketball team, but they have never made it to the Final Four. Some analysts say that they do not have the right mix of players to make a deep run in the tournament. Others say that their style of play is not conducive to tournament success. Let’s take a closer look at the case against Texas Tech.
Texas Tech has a great team this year. They are led by Junior point guard Keenan Evans, who is averaging 17.6 points and 3.2 assists per game. Senior wing Zach Smith is also a key player, averaging 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Senior center Tommy Hamilton IV is averaging 10.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Texas Tech has a balanced scoring attack and is one of the best defensive teams in the country. They are ranked 3rd in the nation in defensive efficiency, allowing just 92 points per 100 possessions. The Red Raiders have a deep bench and can wear down opponents with their defense.
Texas Tech has an interesting schedule. They do not play any true road games until February 5th, when they travel to Iowa State. They also do not have any back-to-back road games the rest of the season. They will play Baylor, Kansas, and Oklahoma at home, and travel to Kansas State, Texas, and West Virginia. %Of their conference games, 40% are at home and 60% are on the road.
In recent years, Texas Tech has emerged as one of the top programs in college basketball. The Red Raiders have made the NCAA tournament four times in the last six years, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2018.
However, some experts have doubts about Texas Tech’s chances of success in the NCAA tournament. One reason for this is that the Red Raiders don’t have a lot of “quality” wins on their resume.
A quality win is defined as a victory over a team that is currently ranked in the top 25 of the RPI (ratings percentage index). Texas Tech has just two quality wins this season: a victory over then-No. 6 Kansas and a win over then-No. 24 Marquette.
In comparison, other top teams like Duke and Gonzaga have at least seven quality wins each. This could be an issue for Texas Tech when it comes to Selection Sunday, as the committee may view the Red Raiders’ resume as lacking in comparison to other teams.
In conclusion, Texas Tech has a really good basketball team that could make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. They have the talent, the coaching, and the experience to make a run at the National Championship.