Tech falls in Elite Eight to Villanova 71-59

Tech falls in Elite Eight to Villanova 71-59

Keenan Evans Keenan Evans

BOSTON – The No. 14/13 Red Raiders' historic season came to a close as No. 2/2 Villanova defeated Texas Tech, 71-59, punching their ticket to the NCAA Final Four.
Texas Tech finishes the season at 27-10, marking the most wins in program history.
Villanova pulled out to a 13-point lead at the break, but Texas Tech battled back to pull within five on a 7-2 run in the second half. The two went point-for-point, but the Red Raiders couldn't cut into the Wildcats lead.
Freshman Jarrett Culver posted 11 points, marking his 20th double digit game of the season. Keenan Evans marked his seventh straight double figure game of the season with 12 points of his own.
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Texas Tech's historic season came to an end as the Villanova Wildcats defeated Texas Tech, 71-59, in the NCAA Elite Eight.

With the loss, Texas Tech is now 11-17 all-time in NCAA Championship games.

Texas Tech is now 0-1 all-time against Villanova. This meeting was the first between the two schools. Tech is 2-14 against opponents from the Big East.

Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard now has a 4-2 career record in NCAA Championship games. This is the furthest Beard has led a team in the postseason. 

The Red Raiders' 27 wins is the most in school history.

With seven points today, Zhaire Smith recorded 417 points on the season which is the most points by a freshman in Texas Tech history.

Keenan Evans led the team with 12 points today, marking a team-best 31st game in double-figures. It also marked the seventh straight game in double digits for the senior.


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