ESPN analyst says he wouldn’t be surprised if Texas Tech makes Final Four


Texas Tech men’s basketball is having a season to remember.

The No. 6 Red Raiders (22-6, 10-5 Big 12) remain in the hunt for the Big 12 regular season crown and host No. 8 Kansas for a monumental matchup on Saturday. ESPN College GameDay will broadcast from Lubbock for the first time in program history ahead of the top-10 showdown.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams, a regular on the pregame show, expressed his excitement about the upcoming broadcast from United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock when he met with Rivals.com’s Will McKay.

He also offered up a prediction that Red Raiders fans will love to hear — whether it meets their season expectations or not.

Williams said he wouldn’t be surprised if Texas Tech — in its second year under coach Chris Beard — rides a wave of momentum all the way to the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

From Williams:

“This is a team in a year where who knows what will happen over the next couple of days, who will be eligible, who will not be eligible, but this tournament is wide open, and you talk about a team that knows who they are, and they have great leadership. This team has the pieces to go very far in the tournament. It wouldn’t surprise you if they find themselves in the Final Four either.”

Texas Tech has lost back-to-back games entering the Saturday afternoon contest vs. the Jayhawks, but an injury to senior guard Keenan Evans — who is averaging 17.6 points per game this year — can be attributed to those slip ups. The Red Raiders are a perfect 16-0 on home court this season and have shined away from Lubbock as well — highlighted by the team’s first ever win at Kansas in early January.

If the Red Raiders do make it all the way to the Final Four, they can expect to have plenty of in-person support. It would be an in-state trip for Texas Tech, as the grand finale to this year’s NCAA Tournament will take place in San Antonio, Texas from March 31-April 2.

As it stands, Texas Tech is also predicted to open the NCAA Tournament in the Lone Star State. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had the Red Raiders playing at American Airlines Center in Dallas as a No. 3 seed during the first round.

The NCAA Tournament will begin with the “First Four” on March 13. The Red Raiders won’t be taking the court until March 15th or 16th, depending on the bracket. But once they do take center stage, they’ll have at least one prominent analyst pulling for them as they make their way through this year’s edition of March Madness.

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