Texas Tech will face Villanova in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 25. Find the game time, location and television information below.
The Red Raiders (27-9) made the tournament as a 3 seed thanks to a surprising run through the Big 12. Texas Tech soared as high as No. 6 nationally earlier this season to snag the highest national ranking in school history. And after three pulsating tournament victories, their confidence should be soaring.
They’ll need it against the 1-seeded Wildcats (33-4), the Big East regular season and conference tournament champion. At No. 2, Coach Jay Wright’s team is the highest ranked team still left in the tournament.
It’s a strong team that advanced after beating Radford, Alabama and West Virginia earlier in the tournament. The Wildcats were ranked no. 1 nationally eight times during a nine-week span from early December to early February. Their eight-game winning streak is the third longest in Division I college basketball behind Loyola-Chicago and Michigan.
Here’s everything you need to know about Texas Tech’s matchup.
Texas Tech-Purdue: Game time, details
No. 3 seed Texas Tech will play No. 1 seed Villanova at 1:20 p.m. CT on Sunday March 25 at the TD Garden in Boston.
What TV channel is Texas Tech vs. Villanova on?
The game between the Red Raiders and Wildcats will be on CBS. Ian Eagle will work as the play-by-play announcer. Jim Spanarkel will be the analyst with Allie LaForce is the sideline reporter.
How can I watch Texas Tech vs. Villanova online?
You can watch Texas Tech face Vanderbilt online with NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Texas Tech vs. Villanova on the radio?
Listeners in Lubbock will be able to hear the game on DoubleT (97.3 FM), 100.7 FM The Score and KJTV (950 AM) in Lubbock. For a full list of Texas Tech men’s basketball radio affiliates, go here. You can also listen for free on the Texas Tech Red Raider Sports Network Tune In app.
Texas Tech-Villanova: Preview, keys to the game
In a season of accomplishments, Texas Tech will play in its first Elite Eight in school history. An upset over Villanova would send Coach Chris Beard and his team to San Antonio, where he was a graduate assistant at the University of the Incarnate Word from 1995-96.
The Red Raiders are coming off their most impressive tournament victory to date. They dismantled injury-riddled Purdue in a 78-65 victory on Friday night, never trailing in the second half.
The biggest factor was strong bench play for Texas Tech, which outscored the Boilermakers 33-6.
Strong guard play has been critical for the Red Raiders throughout the tournament. Their leader has been Keenan Evans, who scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the second half against Purdue. Evans is averaging 20.3 points per game in the tournament. That strong effort is coming despite limited practice time as Evans recovers from a toe injury.
The game on Sunday will be a huge test for Tech’s stellar defense against the nation’s hottest 3-point shooting team. Villanova torches opponents for an average of 11.7 threes per game and leads the nation with 432 threes.
Villanova needs 11 3-pointers to break the NCAA team record of 442 set by VMI in 2007. They have been especially hot in the tournament, hitting 44 of 92 3-pointers (47.8 percent) in their last three games. They have matched a season high for most 3-pointers during a three-game span with their recent perimeter blitz.
The Wildcats utilized that shooting to come back against West Virginia Friday night. Villanova trailed 60-54 with 11 minutes remaining, but erupted on a 22-6 blitz to take control of the game. The victory boosted them to the 11th Elite Eight in program history. They won the national championship in 1985 and 2016.
They will face a Texas Tech defense that leads in the Big 12 and ranks 15th nationally in fewest points allowed at 64.6 points allowed per game. The Red Raiders are 62nd in the nation in 3-point defensive percentage at 32.8 percent.
Texas Tech must extend recent strong FT shooting spree
The Red Raiders struggled during the regular season from the foul line. After ranking 246th nationally in foul shooting (69.6 percent) during the regular season, they regressed to 60.5 percent in the first two games of the tournament. But they rebounded to hit a season-best 94.4 percent against Purdue, missing only one of 18 attempts.
Texas Tech’s athleticism has been one of its hallmarks in the tournament. The Red Raiders get to the rim with regularity and have wowed the nation with an array of rim-rattling dunks. They rammed home six dunks against Purdue on Friday and have a 12-2 edge in dunks against opponents during the tournament.
Junior guard Jalen Brunson, a likely candidate for national Player of the Year honors, had a huge game in the victory over West Virginia. Brunson scored 27 points against the Mountaineers and is hitting 53.3 percent of his 3-pointers in the tournament.
Villanova also is deadly from the foul line, ranking 10th nationally at 77.7 percent. They got into the bonus with about 12 minutes left against West Virginia and made them pay down the stretch as they hit 85.2 percent from the line.
The Red Raiders can be vulnerable to foul trouble. They need to be strong in staying away from cheap fouls while covering all of the Villanova offensive threats like Brunson, Eric Paschall and Mikal Bridges.
The two teams have never played before. Vegas oddsmakers have pegged the Wildcats as a 6½-point favorite with an over/under line of 144½ points.