Keenan Evans and the Texas Tech Red Raiders are relative newcomers to this part of the NCAA Tournament, but their opponents have a wealth of experience.
Villanova, led by junior point guard Jalen Brunson, won the national title in 2016 and still has plenty of players left from that team. If the Red Raiders and Wildcats square off in the Elite Eight, Texas Tech will rely on Evans, their All-Big 12 senior guard, to do the lion’s share of the work.
That won’t be easy against Brunson, who won Big East Player of the Year this season and is averaging 19.1 points per game. Brunson started as a freshman on Villanova’s title team in 2016 and has held down the point guard position for the Wildcats ever since. The two stars going at each other should be exciting, and if both teams can make it past their Sweet 16 opponents, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello thinks Evans v. Brunson could be the most exciting head-to-head matchup left in the NCAA Tournament.
“We think Villanova and Texas Tech are bound for the Elite Eight, in which two of the 10 best players in the country will go head-to-head in the backcourt,” Borzello wrote. “Brunson received more publicity this season and could be the favorite for the Wooden Award at this point, but Evans has been elite in his own right.
“Both players are tough, clutch, efficient and smart. It should be a terrific battle.”
The Red Raiders will have to beat Purdue Friday night, while Villanova faces another Big 12 team in West Virginia.
Texas Tech and Purdue tip off Friday night at 8:57 p.m. CT.
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