It’s been quite some time since Texas Tech star guard Keenan Evans has been completely healthy.
Nearly an entire month ago on Feb. 19, the senior floor general was listed as day-to-day with a toe injury, one in which is still ailing him after the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Yet, since being listed as day-to-day, Evans has played in all but one of Texas Tech’s last eight games, and far more notably, he’s averaging 21.2 points and 2.4 assists per game throughout the Red Raiders past six appearances. Five of those appearances were wins, including a 70-60 1st Round NCAA Tournament win over Stephen F. Austin and on Saturday, a 69-66 victory over Florida to advance to the Sweet 16.
That toughness Evans has displayed in shouldering the offensive load through his toe injury is why CBS Sports’ Chip Patterson argued that Texas Tech has the potential to become a force in the Sweet 16.
“Texas Tech guard Keenan Evans has been a superstar for much of the season, but when you see him after a game these days the attention to detail is just as sharp as his on-court dominance in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournament,’ Patterson said. “Evans has to ice his foot after each game and knows he’s not 100 percent, but that hasn’t forced him into being a recluse. Evans played well against Florida and has the type of “takeover” potential to make the Red Raiders a force in the Sweet 16 next weekend.“
With Evans guiding the way for the 26-win Red Raiders, Texas Tech now awaits the winner of Sunday’s 2nd Round showdown between Purdue and Butler.
In the meantime, Evan will spend the days ahead of Texas Tech’s Sweet 16 appearance on Friday continuing to treat his toe injury. As evident by the past month, though, 100 percent healthy or not, he’s going to play, and quite likely, at a high level, per usual.
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