2018 NCAA Tournament: Texas Tech-Purdue, TV channel, watch online (March 23, 2018)

Texas Tech will face Purdue in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 23. Find the game time, location and  television information below.

The Red Raiders (26-9) 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 two pulsating tournament victories last week, their confidence should be soaring.

They’ll need it against the 2-seeded Boilermakers (30-6), who finished tied for second in the Big Ten.

It’s a strong team that advanced after beating Cal State-Fullerton and Butler earlier in the tournament. The Boilermakers soared as high as No. 3 nationally after a 19-game winning streak midway through the conference race.

Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.

Texas Tech-Purdue: Game time, details

No. 3 seed Texas Tech will play No. 2 seed Purdue at 8:57 p.m. CT on Friday March 23 at the TD Garden in Boston.

What TV channel is Texas Tech vs. Purdue on?

The game between the Red Raiders and Boilermakers will be on CBS. Ian Eagle will work as the play-by-play announcer. Jim Spanarkel will be the analyst with Allie LaForce as the sideline reporter.

How can I watch Texas Tech vs. Purdue online?

You can watch Texas Tech face Purdue online with NCAA March Madness Live.

How can I listen to Texas Tech vs. Purdue 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-Purdue: Preview, keys to the game

Texas Tech will aiming to make its first trip to the Elite Eight in school history with a victory over Purdue.

Great guard play is a hallmark of successful tournament teams.  The Red Raiders have gotten that and more from senior leader Keenan Evans, who is averaging 22.5 points per game and 58 percent field-goal shooting in the tournament. All of  that  is coming despite limited practice time as Evans recovers from a toe injury.

The game on Friday will be an interesting contrast in styles. Texas Tech’s fearsome defense ranks fourth nationally in defensive efficiency. Purdue is second in offensive efficiency.

Texas Tech’s athleticism has been one of the revelations of the tournament. The Red Raiders get to the rim with regularity and have wowed the nation with an array of rim-rattling dunks in their first two games.

Chris Beard has a history with the Boilermakers, eliminating them in 2016 during his final season at Arkansas-Little Rock. And with his team’s strong guard play and better athletes, he might have another chance to shock them this season.

The Red Raiders can be vulnerable to foul trouble. They need to be strong in staying away from cheap fouls while covering Purdue offensive threats Vincent Edwards and Carsen Edwards.

Texas Tech must shoot free throws better

The Red Raiders also must improve on their foul shots. After ranking 246th nationally in foul shooting (69.6 percent), they regressed to 60.5 percent in the first two games of the tournament.

Purdue played without starting 7-2 center Isaac Haas in the Round of 32 after  he sustained a fractured elbow in the opening round of the tournament. Engineers back at Purdue have been trying to create a brace for him that fits NCAA standards, although he is not expected to play.

If Haas can’t go, the Boilermakers will turn to  a 7-3 Matt Haarms as his replacement.

If he can’t play on Friday, the Boilermakers likely will lean on their outside shooting even more. Purdue ranks second nationally with a 42.1 percent 3-point shooting percentage and 31st nationally with 9.6 threes per game.

Leading scorer Carsen Edwards needs to break out of a shooting slump. He  hit only 8 of 29 from the field in the tournament.

The Boilermakers will also be challenged by Texas Tech’s withering defensive pressure. The Red Raiders force 14.9 turnovers per game, but Purdue starting point guard P.J. Thompson didn’t turn the ball over in either of his first two tournament games.

Purdue leads the series against Texas Tech, 2-0. Purdue claimed an 82-59 triumph in West Lafayette on Dec. 22, 1987. They claimed the rematch with a 63-54 win in Lubbock on Dec. 1, 1988.

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