Texas Tech Red Raiders (27-9) at Villanova Wildcats (33-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:20 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -6.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Villanova Wildcats will square off at the TD Garden this Sunday afternoon in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
The 3-seed Texas Tech Red Raiders (27-9) continued their impressive run in this year’s NCAA Tournament after defeating the 2-seed Purdue Boilermakers, 78-65, this past Friday night. Texas Tech led by 30-25 margin at halftime and pulled away late in the 2nd half after an 11-0 Red Raiders run gave Texas Tech a 69-55 lead with just 2:08 left in regulation. Texas Tech shot 47.5% from the field and 94.4% (17-18) from the FT-line in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Zach Smith who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 75.0 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Keenan Evans (17.7 ppg, 3.1, rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Zhaire Smith (11.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg), Jarrett Culver (11.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Niem Stevenson (7.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of 2.7.
The 1-seed Villanova Wildcats got their big test of the NCAA Tournament to date, however, used a strong 2nd half to defeat the 5-seed West Virginia Mountaineers, 90-78, this past Friday night. Villanova trailed by a 60-55 margin with 10:58 left in the 2nd half however, was outstanding offensively the rest of the way and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 84-74 lead with 1:50 left in regulation. Villanova shot 50.0% from the field and 54.2% (13-24) from beyond the arc while holding West Virginia to just 38.6% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Jalen Brunson who had 27 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Villanova is averaging 87.0 ppg on 50.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 11.7 three-pointers per game on 40.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Villanova has been led by Jalen Brunson (19.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.6 apg), Mikal Bridges (18.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.1 bpg), Donte DiVincenzo (12.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Omari Spellman (10.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Defensively, Villanova is allowing their opponents to average 70.5 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. Big East opponents. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 9-2 NCAA Tournament games.
Texas Tech had their most impressive performance in their NCAA Tournament in their victory against Purdue and has been led by their defense this season that ranks 15th in scoring defense and 13th in defensive FG%. Villanova had a bit of trouble with turnovers against West Virginia which kept the game close for a while, however, the Wildcats showed how dangerous they can be over the final 10 minutes of the game with an offense that currently ranks 1st in the scoring offense, 5th in FG%, and 3rd in three-pointers made per game. Texas Tech is a solid team however, they really have faced the talent level that Villanova brings to the table and as I’m not concerned with the Wildcats offense being able to score against the Red Raiders defense, I’m taking Villanova to cover this spread.