INDIANAPOLIS — Texas Tech is eyeing a 3rd straight journey to the NCAA Sweet 16, however to get there, the Twenty first-ranked Red Raiders should undergo No. 10 Arkansas.
Sixth-seeded Texas Tech (18-10) and third-seeded Arkansas (23-6) meet at 6:10 p.m. on Sunday inside Hinkle Fieldhouse in a second-round South Regional recreation.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Arkansas eradicated Colgate 85-68 in the primary round. Texas Tech pulled away for a 65-53 victory over Utah State.
Mac McClung, who averages a team-best 15.8 factors per recreation, has related on 34.1% of his 135 3-point makes an attempt and gone 4-for-10 over the past three video games. The Gate City native additionally made 80.5% of his free throws this season.
Justin Smith, JD Notae and Jalen Tate have collectively scored 43% of the Razorbacks’ factors this season, together with 54% of all Arkansas scoring over the previous 5 video games.
Arkansas is 19-0 when it holding an opponent to 76 factors or fewer. The Razorbacks are 4-6 when opponents rating greater than 76.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS
The Red Raiders have lately gotten baskets by way of assists extra typically than the Razorbacks. Arkansas has an help on 40 of 81 subject targets (49.4%) over its previous three outings. Texas Tech has assists on 41 of 77 subject targets (53.2%) over its previous three video games.
The Razorbacks’ opportunistic offense has averaged 75.3 possessions per recreation this season, rating them eighth nationally. Texas Tech has operated at a slower tempo and is averaging solely 66.5 possessions per recreation to rank 295th.
The former Southwest Conference groups have met 79 instances and Texas Tech has an 40-39 edge in the sequence. The Red Raiders gained the latest matchup, a 67-64 resolution in the 2019 Big 12/SEC Challenge in Lubbock.
The winner advances to the Sweet 16 to face the winner between Florida and Oral Roberts. The Gators beat Virginia Tech 75-70 in the primary round and the Golden Eagles upset second-seeded Ohio State 75-72. The Sweet 16 is scheduled for March 27-28.
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