Texas Tech 2019 March Madness Final Four Betting Analysis

Texas Tech 2019 March Madness Final Four Betting Analysis

Like Auburn on the other side of the Final Four Bracket, this is the first time the Texas Tech Red Raiders have made it to a Final Four. The Red Raiders made it to the Elite Eight last year but couldn’t close the deal. Before last year’s Elite Eight, the last Sweet 16 they had made it to was in 2005. Texas Tech offers the third best MyBookie College Basketball National Championship odds to win the title. Check out the Final Four odds, an analysis of Texas Tech, along with a prediction on how far the Red Raiders will go.

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Texas Tech 2019 March Madness Final Four Betting Analysis

  • 2019 College Basketball Championship Odds: +475

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 72.97
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.14
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.54
  • Free Throw Percentage: 73.12
  • Total Rebounds: 34.11

Defense

  • Total Score: 59.03
  • Field Goal Percentage: 36.89
  • Three-Point Percentage: 29.26
  • Free Throw Percentage: 68.66
  • Total Rebounds: 32.53

Texas Tech Red Raiders Playing Style

It’s a cliché to say offense wins fans and defense wins championships, but here’s a question, what makes a cliché a cliché? The answer? Truth.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are in a position to win the NCAA College Basketball National Championship because they play defense as well as any team in the nation. The Red Raiders are a lockdown squad. They allow 59 points per game, ranking third in the country. They allow their opponents to shoot 36.9% shooting from the field, that ranks second, and 29.3% from three, that ranks tenth.

In round one, the Red Raiders beat Northern Kentucky 72-57. They destroyed Buffalo 78-58 in the Round of 32 before dominating Michigan 63-44 in the Sweet 16. In their battle against Gonzaga, Texas Tech played faster than they usually do and still won. They beat the Zags 75-69.

With their brand of defense, Texas Tech can hang with Auburn, Michigan State, and Virginia. Their defense will keep them in any game while their offense is better than many college bsketball handicappers believe it is.

Texas Tech Red Raiders Final Four Betting Prediction

The game versus Gonzaga is a key one to analyze. The Zags tried to push the pace against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders did two things when that happened. First, they beat Gonzaga down the floor so that they could prevent the Zags from getting the easy two and put a hand up to contest jumpers. The Texas Tech Raiders are not a safe Final Four Betting pick.

Second, they played faster on offense than they had in their previous NCAA Tournament games. Playing fast should scare Michigan State and no matter whom the Red Raiders face on Monday night in the National Championship.

Texas Tech is different from the other three teams in this Final Four because they can run and gun equally well as they play in their half court while never sacrificing on defense. That’s how the Red Raiders were able to score 39 points in a single half against the Michigan Wolverines, one of the best defensive teams in college hoops, while holding the Wolverines to 29 points.

When Michigan tried to run with the Red Raiders, they failed. Texas Tech ran with Gonzaga and the Zags discovered they couldn’t beat Texas Tech down the floor. That makes Texas Tech the team to beat in the 2019 Final Four. The Red Raiders will take down Michigan State in their Final Four Semifinal game and then they’ll beat the Auburn Tigers in the National Championship on April 8.


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