ANAHEIM, Calif. — The third-seeded Texas Tech pounded the second-seeded Michigan Wolverines in a convincing 63-44 victory Thursday night and advanced to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season.
Jarret Culver, the Big 12 player of the year, led the Red Raiders with 22 points. Davide Moretti added 15, including three three-pointers.
Texas Tech opened the second half with a 10-2 run and remained in control against Michigan during the Sweet 16 matchup at the Honda Center.
On Saturday, Texas Tech (29-6) will top-seeded Gonzaga (33-3) with a chance to secure a berth to the Final Four for the first time in school history.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the first half of the Texas Tech-Michigan game Thursday could have been beautiful only in the eyes of Texas Tech fans. The Red Raiders led 24-16 after Michigan missed all nine of its three-point attempts while shooting 28 percent from the field and Texas Tech shot 35.7 percent from the field.
The 16 points was the fewest ever in a first half for Michigan in an NCAA tournament game. The Wolverines were just 1-for-19 from three-point range.
Last year Texas Tech reached the Elite Eight for the first time in school history before losing to eventual national champion Villanova, 71-59.
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Texas Tech entered its game against Michigan with one of the best defenses in the country and during the first and second round of the NCAA tournament allowed just 57.5 points per game in victories against Northern Kentucky and Buffalo.
The day before Tech Tech’s matchup against Michigan, Red Raiders coach Chris Beard said, “I’ve never enjoyed coaching a team more than I have this one. We just simply stated don’t want it to end. Want it to go another day.’’