3 Reasons Why Texas Tech Will Win March Madness 2019
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have been impressive this season. They just bagged a share of the Big 12 regular season title with the Kansas State Wildcats, and will be feeding off that impressive campaign as they look to make loud noises in the Big Dance.
Now with March Madness 2019 ready to tip off, Texas Tech has even loftier goals. Nitrogen Sports blog takes a look at what makes the Red Raiders a serious contender.
The top defense in the country
The Red Raiders boast the number one defense in the nation. According to KenPom, Texas Tech is tops in defensive efficiency and it’s been that way for most of the year.
The Red Raiders are among the leaders in most defensive stats in the Big 12. In fact, they are first and second in the conference in defensive blocks and steals percentages, respectively.
Superstar guard Jarrett Culver
Texas Tech’s starting shooting guard is one of the top NBA prospects in college basketball.
Culver is excellent in creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. He leads the Red Raiders in points (18.3), rebounds (6.2), and assists (3.6) per game.
The sophomore was a role player last season, playing just the role of a third banana then to Keenan Evans and Zhaire Smith, but has become the leader of Texas Tech’s offense this year. Culver is versatile and has no problem taking the ball with the game on the line.
Earlier this year, many onlookers would say the Red Raiders didn’t have enough firepower to make much noise in March. But production has increased, and the team’s depth players are a big part of it.
Davide Moretti is one of those responsible for the uptick in scoring. He’s added some juice to his offensive game, having averaged 15.8 points over the last four games of the regular season and hit 12 3-pointers during that same period.
Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens have also stepped up their scoring to help the surging Red Raiders, who averaged 73.1 points per game during the regular season.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders got upset in the Big 12 Tournament, but that should add to their under-the-radar value in the Big Dance. As mentioned in this March Madness guide, the Red Raiders have the qualities to take the tourney by storm. Can Texas Tech win the NCAA Tournament? That remains to be seen, but don’t be shocked if they do.