2019 NCAA Regional Final: Texas Tech vs Gonzaga Preview and Prediction

Gonzaga-Texas Tech Preview!
Mar 17, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) reacts during the first half against the Florida Gators in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This will be a matchup of contrasting styles as you have the best defensive team in the country in Texas tech against the number one offense in Gonzaga. Something will have to give on Saturday night!

Keys to the Game

Tech needs to limit the transition game of Gonzaga

Gonzaga is one of the best college teams I have ever seen in playing transition basketball and Texas Tech will have to control the pace of play and limit turnovers. The Bulldogs (33-3) were battle-tested this season by playing Duke, North Carolina, and Tennessee in the non-conference. Those tests all happened early in the season though and you have to wonder how ready Gonzaga is to play a defensive team like the Red Raiders. Texas Tech’s defense is extraordinarily fast at playing rally defense and that makes it really difficult for teams to get open looks.

Rebounding

The Bulldogs have a big front line that consists of Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke and Killian Tillie and it will be imperative for the undersized Red Raiders to play physical and block out.

Guard play

The Red Raiders should have the advantage at this spot, as they are led by Davide Moretti and Matt Mooney. If these two are hitting from the outside the Red Raiders have a very real shot at pulling the upset here.

Prediction: This may be the best matchup of this entire tournament and I am going with the upset here. I believe the speed of the Red Raiders is much faster than they look on tape. Multiple Coaches have said how much faster the Raiders are in person than what they expected.

Red Raiders 65  Bulldogs 64

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