One of the nation’s elite defenses will take on one of the most dangerous offenses today as the high-scoring Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-2) face the unforgiving Texas Tech Red Raiders (26-5) at Honda Center (6:09 pm ET) in a pivotal Elite Eight game.
Oddsmakers opened the spread at Gonzaga -4 and the over/under at 137. The winner will move onto the Final Four next Saturday, facing the winner of Michigan State vs Duke.
On offense, the Red Raiders come into today’s game scoring 73 points per game, which ranks just 160th in the nation. Defense is where this team shines. Texas Tech is giving up just 59 points per game, 2nd in the country, and has all three NCAA Tournament opponents to 58 or fewer.
The team’s frequent scoring issues can’t really be pinned on Jarrett Culver, who’s pouring in a team-best 18 points per game. The versatile Culver is Texas Tech’s top rebounder, as well, pulling down 6 rebounds per contest.
Somehow, the Red Raiders are among the top-tier on defense despite being relatively weak on the glass, averaging 32 rebounds per game, 204th among the 353 DI teams.
Texas Tech is coming off a dominant 63-44 win over Michigan in the Sweet 16. As has been the case most of the season, Culver came up huge in the win, leading the charge with 22 points. Their star is now averaging 22.3 PPG in March Madness.
The Red Raiders will be facing a Gonzaga squad that is elite offensively, sitting 1st in offensive rating. The Bulldogs are averaging 90 points a night, 1st in the country, but haven’t been quite that potent in the tournament, scoring 87, 83, and 72 points in their first three games.
The Bulldogs showed how good their defense can be last time out, holding #4 Florida State under 60 in a 72-58 win. Mark Few’s D is now ranked 12th in adjusted efficiency and hasn’t allowed more than 71 point in March Madness. This is a team that can beat you in multiple ways.
Rui Hachimura leads the team offensively, scoring 21 points per contest, and he had a team-high 17 in the win over the Seminoles. On the glass, versatile forward Brandon Clarke leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 8 RPG. Clarke continued his bid for West Regional MVP against FSU, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds and five huge blocks.
Clarke’s work on the glass has helped Gonzaga dominate that aspect of the game. As a team, they rank 18th on the boards, at 36 RPG.
With that win over FSU, Gonzaga is now 9-1 in the last 10 games, dropping just the WCC title game to St. Mary’s. But Texas Tech has been equally hot, going 9-1 in its last ten, with one ugly, anomalous loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
Against the spread, Gonzaga has been a money-maker, overall, going 23-13-0 ATS. Texas Tech has been a more modest 18-16-1 ATS.
Get the latest odds, the history of how the line has moved, and our proprietary projection system’s score prediction for Texas Tech vs Gonzaga above. As always, best of luck betting.