Texas Tech men’s basketball is one win away from its first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in program history. The Red Raiders face the Purdue Boilermakers in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday night in Boston, Mass.
With Kansas State punching its ticket to the Elite Eight on Thursday night after defeating Kentucky, at least one expert panel likes Texas Tech’s chances of joining the Wildcats in what could be as many as four Big 12 teams moving onto the next round.
Five of the six writers and editors on the Dallas Morning News’ college sports panel have the Red Raiders advancing past the Boilermakers into the Elite Eight. Among them was columnist and regular ESPN ‘Around the Horn’ guest Tim Cowlishaw.
Texas Tech, the 3-seed in the East Region, could benefit from a shorthanded Purdue squad that entered the tournament as a 2-seed. Senior center Isaac Haas, who is averaged 14.7 points per game this season, suffered a right elbow fracture during the opening round — though he told reporters that he’d “try to play again” after receiving a brace made by Purdue engineering students.
Aside from K-State and Texas Tech, Kansas and West Virginia are the two other remaining Big 12 teams left in the tournament field. The Red Raiders and Mountaineers would face each other on Sunday if both teams win Friday night at TD Garden.
Texas Tech posted a 70-60 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the opening round of the tournament before squeezing past Florida last Saturday in the round of 32. Tip-off for the Texas Tech-Purdue game is scheduled for 8:57 p.m. CT.
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