Texas Tech men’s basketball survived a close call with Stephen F. Austin in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Dallas, Texas.
And the Red Raiders can thank senior guard Keenan Evans for keeping them afloat in the latest edition of March Madness after recording 19 of his 23 points on the night in the second half of a 70-60 triumph.
Evans has been among the most prodcutive players for Texas Tech over the course of the 2017-18 season. Evans, who hails from the Dallas suburb of Richardson, is averaging 17.7 points per game this year for the Red Raiders. Over his last four games, he is averaging 17.3 points in the second half alone.
That might just be a result of his do-or-die mentality that he brings to the court — an integral trait for making a deep NCAA Tournament run.
According to the Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton, Evans said that enters every game as if it could be his final opportunity to impress in a Red Raiders uniform.
“In my mind every night is a senior night for me, so I don’t want to lose, I don’t want to go home yet. And as time ticks down, it’s just putting more pressure on yourself. If we lose, I feel like it’s all on me, so I just try to do what I can.”
Evans will get another go around Saturday night as the 3-seed Red Raiders take on the 6-seed Florida Gators in front of what should be another pro-Texas Tech crowd at American Airlines Center.
Texas Tech is the only Big 12 team from the Lone Star State left in the NCAA Tournament. Both Texas and TCU suffered first round exits on Friday.
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