Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs 3/30/19, Prediction & Odds

Tanya Cunningham
March 31, 2019

There were too many defensive breakdowns, too: Jarrett Culver scored 22 points; Matt Mooney and Davide Moretti combined to make five 3s. In all, the lead changed 12 times.

Nonetheless, Texas Tech deserves all the credit for eviscerating MI, who made the National Championship a year ago before losing to Villanova. Oklahoma went in 2016 and Kansas went last season.

MI (30-7) made it through the first weekend of the NCAAs without much drama, but the Wolverines fell flat against Texas Tech, shooting 1 for 19 from 3-point range and allowing the Red Raiders to pull away early in the second half. And it has helped them slow even the best offenses they have faced.

But if anything, the game got more frenetic in the second half and as both teams tried to make the most out of every possession.

But in the second half of this game, the Zags went cold. The sophomore has made 93 of 101 free throws this season and is second in the nation at 92.1 percent.

Culver is a 6-foot-5 guard that averages 18.8 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field overall and 33 percent from 3-point range.

BRACKET CHALLENGE: How is your bracket doing? Gonzaga was able to score 11 points in transition.

The Wolverines, along with Gonzaga and Florida State, are returning to Southern California - this time in Orange County instead of Los Angeles - for a near repeat of the 2018 West regional semifinals.

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Beilein on coaching in the small schools vs. coaching at Michigan: "The biggest difference is, you get to lose when nobody cares". They're 1 for 7. Chris Beard's wound up with a 75-69 victory to advance to a program first Final Four.

Senior center Norense Odiase said there isn't one word to describe Texas Tech's defense.

- Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) March 30, 2019Gonzaga just 8-for-25 from the floor this half.

Gonzaga cut the margin to two on a putback by Zach Norvell with 9.7 seconds remaining. The Red Raiders "no middle" defense left MI confused, frustrated and hopeless.

This season's team fell just short of a conference title in the regular season, losing twice to rival Michigan State. Texas Tech closed up the middle, contested jumpers and turned away almost everything the Wolverines attempted at the rim.

Bottom line, Texas Tech gives teams little room to breathe.

The first Elite Eight game of the 2019 NCAA Tournament didn't disappoint.

Texas Tech freshman and potential National Basketball Association lottery pick Jarrett Culver led all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Iggy Brazdeikis provided the only decent stat line for the Wolverines with 17 points and 13 rebonds.


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