When it comes to some of the nation’s top talent, Texas Tech point guard Keenan Evans is a name that often flies under the radar.
But many, including the Red Raider faithful, will tell you that’s unfair.
Texas Tech has enjoyed 26 wins this season, and Evans’ offensive prowess played a large role in that becoming reality. But after guiding Texas Tech to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2005, Evans is getting some praise, as Bleacher Report’s C.J. Moore ranked him as the sixth-best player still playing in the NCAA Tournament.
“Evans is another strong two-way guard. He’s not a great outside shooter, but he seems to make them when it counts,” Moore said. “His biggest strength is slashing. He’s tough to stay in front, and then he does a good job of contorting his body to avoid charges and finish at the rim. He’s also a savvy cutter in Tech’s motion offense.”
For Texas Tech’s sake, the best thing about Evans is that he’s peaking at the perfect time. Averaging 17.8 points per game this season, which is the second-best effort in the Big 12, Evans has averaged 21.2 points per gamer throughout Texas Tech’s previous five contests, including totaling 55 points in the Red Raiders’ NCAA Tournament wins over Stephen F. Austin and Florida.
Going forward, Evans will need to keep that momentum going if Texas Tech is going to do the same with its season.
With the school’s first-ever Elite 8 appearance at stake, Texas Tech will take on No. 2 Purdue on Friday, the Boilermakers present one of the Red Raiders more formidable tests of the season. To survive and advance, Texas Tech needs to be at full strength, and that means Evans must live up to his billing as one of the top talents in the NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech and Purdue will meet at 9:57 p.m. ET on Friday, March 23.
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