Texas Tech will face Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 17. Find the game time, location and television information below.
The Red Raiders (25-9) made the tournament as a No. 3 seed thanks to a surprising run through the Big 12. Texas Tech soared as high as No. 6 earlier this season to snag the highest national ranking in school history. And with talented point guard Keenan Evans returning to health with a big game Thursday night to power them past Stephen F. Austin, their offense should be strong.
The No. 6 seed Gators (21-12) finished third in the Southeastern Conference. It’s a battled tested group that won earlier this season against Gonzaga, Cincinnati and Auburn.
Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.
Texas Tech-Florida: Game time, details
No. 3 seed Texas Tech will play No. 6 seed Florida at 7:40 p.m. CT on Saturday March 17 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
What TV channel is Texas Tech vs. Florida on?
The game between the Red Raiders and Gators will be on TNT. Dedes will work as the play-by-play announcer. Steve Smith and Len Elmore will be analysts, and Rose Gold-Onwoude will be the sideline reporter.
How can I watch Texas Tech vs. Florida online?
You can watch Texas Tech face Stephen F. Austin online with NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Texas Tech vs. Florida on the radio?
Fans in Lubbock will be able to hear the game on DoubleT (97.3 FM), 100.7 FM The Score and KJTV (950 AM) in Lubbock. For a full list of Texas Tech men’s basketball radio affiliates, go here. You can also listen for free on the Texas Tech Red Raider Sports Network Tune In app.
Texas Tech-Florida: Preview, keys to the game
Texas Tech will aiming to make its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2005 in their game against Florida.
The Red Raiders will aim to build on their late charge in their thrilling 70-60 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the first round on Thursday.
Tech trailed by eight early in the second half before riding the charge of Evans, who scored 19 of his game-high 23 points after the break.
Florida played strongly in a 77-62 triumph over St. Bonaventure, putting the game away by shooting 52.9 percent in the second half. Their perimeter defense was particularly fearsome as the Bonnies missed 10 of their first 11 3-pointers and finished shooting 15.8 percent for the game from beyond the arc.
The Gators are looking to lock up their second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance and the 12th in program history. They have made at least the Elite Eight in their last five tournament appearances and claimed national titles under Billy Donovan in 2006 and 2007.
Texas Tech ball pressure will be critical
Texas Tech has one of the nation’s elite defenses. They will challenged against a Florida team that protects the ball well, ranking sixth nationally with a 14.2 turnover percentage.
The Red Raiders have a player who started his career at Florida in 6-5 guard Brandone Francis.He was known as Brandon Francis-Ramirez when he started his career there in 2016, averaging 2.0 points per game in 10.2 minutes in 29 games. After his transfer season, he averaged 5.3 points per game in 15.6 minutes in 34 games with the Red Raiders this season.
Playing for the second time in three nights could benefit the Red Raiders, who have one of the deepest benches among the tournament teams. They have 10 players who are averaging at least 12 minutes, providing them depth to attack defensively.
Florida counters with short rotation
Florida coach Mike White plays with a more limited bench, although eight players played at least 10 minutes against the Bonnies.
The Gators were not effective in close games, posting a 1-5 record in games decided by five points or less. If Tech can make life difficult for leading scorers Jalen Hudson and Egor Koulechov, it has a great chance to advance to Boston.
This will be the third matchup between the two teams. Florida has a 2-0 advantage in the series, claiming a 79-76 victory in Gainesville in 1960 and a 71-69 triumph at Lubbock in 1962.
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