The Spartans knocked off Duke, who many regarded as the most talented team in the nation, on Sunday. The final tally in Washington, D.C was 68-67. The Midwestern school now has a week to prepare against what has been the nation’s best defense.
No. 2 seed Michigan State will meet No. 3 seed Texas Tech on Saturday night for a berth in the national title game. The Red Raiders advanced to the Final Four, after an impressive warpath through the NCAA tournament. It was a path that included a 63-44 win over No. 2 seed Michigan, and a 75-69 win over No. 1 Gonzaga.
Texas Tech Red Raiders and Michigan State Spartans
The Final Four
Date: Saturday, April 6th | Time: 8:49 pm ET
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium — Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: CBS Sports Network | Live stream: March Madness Live
Texas Tech is led by a sophomore Jarrett Culver. The Texas native was a critical part of the upset of top-seeded Gonzaga on Saturday. His team will be greatly tested by the experienced and well coached Spartan program.
No. 2 Michigan State took down Goliath, No. 1 Duke, in what became an instant all-timer. Basketball’s ultimate front-runner and its massive star, Zion Williamson, was contained by a school that many counted out from the opening tip.
That is how we got where we are. On Saturday in Minneapolis, at the Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium, No. 1 Virginia (33-3) will play No. 5 Auburn (30-9), and then No. 2 Michigan State (32-6) will play No. 3 Texas Tech (30-6).
It is the first Final Four for both Auburn and Texas Tech.
Texas Tech is a really tough matchup for any team because of its defense. The Red Raiders shut down Michigan, a methodical team that mostly works in half-court sets. They did the same to Gonzaga, which played at a faster tempo, had the highest effective field-goal percentage in the nation, and featured an explosive front-court.
Michigan State is riding high and just beat the nation’s most talented team. Texas Tech will be a tough matchup with Culver and its defense, but the Spartans are more balanced and play together very well. My pick: Michigan State 62, Texas Tech 61
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