The 2nd seeded Texas Tech Raiders will take on the 1st seeded Villanova Wildcats in the Elite Eight for the East region Sunday afternoon. Both teams earned impressive wins in the Sweet Sixteen defeating their opponents by at least 10 points. The Raiders defeated the 2nd seeded Purdue Boilermakers 75-63 to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. An 11-0 spurt late in the second half sealed the win for Texas Tech. Villanova was leading by just 2 points at half time over West Virginia but great three point shooting in the second half propelled them to the 90-78 victory. They have yet to play a close game in this tournament as all three of their wins have been by at least 12 points.

Texas Tech had 4 players score in double figures in the Sweet Sixteen and were led by Keenan Evans who had 16 points to go along with 4 assists. As a team they shot 47 percent from the field including 5 of 17 from three-point range. They were very aggressive getting to the line as they made 17 of their 18 free throws. They also outrebounded the Boilermakers 34-30. Defensively, they had 5 steals and 5 blocks on their way to forcing 17 turnovers while only committing 11. Purdue shot 45 percent from the filed including 7 of 18 from behind the arc. They did a great job of not fouling as Purdue took just 6 free throws. So far in the tournament they have not allowed an opponent to score more than 66 points.

Villanova lost both the turnover and rebounding battles against the Mountaineers as they shot the ball very well. Guard Jalen Brunson led 4 starters in double figures with 27 points to go along with 4 assists. Omari Spellman also had a nice game with 18 points and 8 rebounds. The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field but even better from behind the arc as they made 13 of 24 attempts. They also hit 23 of their 27 free throws. The only negative for the Wildcat Offense was the 16 turnovers they committed. Defensively, they had 5 steals and 5 blocks in forcing West Virginia into 12 turnovers. They limited the Mountaineers to 38 percent shooting including just 7 of 28 from three-point range. The 78 points allowed is the most Villanova has given up in their past 8 games.

The Wildcats have now won 8 in a row and are 6.5-point favorites in this game. The Raiders are the only remaining team left in the tournament that have never played in the Elite Eight. Villanova won the National Title 2 years ago and have spent the majority of this season as the overall number one ranked team. Their offense has been second to none as they lead the nation in scoring and three-point shooting. While the Raiders are the feel good team, Villanova just has too many offensive weapons.

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