The Elite Eight battle between the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (33-3) and the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (29-6) will take place at Honda Center. Gonzaga opened as a 4-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 137 points. Action gets underway at 6:09 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Free Preview
In the Sweet 16, the Red Raiders won big over the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines, 63-44. Jarrett Culver was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points on 9-for-19 shooting. The Red Raiders had 8 steals and held the Wolverines to an effective field goal percentage of 0.337 (below their season average of 0.520).
The Bulldogs hope to keep it rolling after beating the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles in the Sweet 16, 72-58. Brandon Clarke played a key role for Gonzaga with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Gonzaga played a perfect contest. They had a free throw rate of 0.242 (below their season average of 0.271) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.0 (below their season average of 31.4). Florida State put up marks of 0.115 and 17.9, respectively, for those same stats.
Of Texas Tech’s 35 games, 20 have finished under the projected point total, while 19 of Gonzaga’s 36 games have finished under the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Bulldogs have a sizable advantage. They are 33-3 SU and 23-13 ATS, while the Red Raiders are 29-6 SU and 18-16-1 ATS.
This showdown pits one of the country’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Gonzaga currently ranks first in offensive efficiency and Texas Tech ranks first in defensive efficiency.
Texas Tech vs. Gonzaga Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Gonzaga, ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Over
The Bulldogs rank 211th in three pointers attempted per game (21.2) while the Red Raiders rank 266th (19.5).
Gonzaga blocks 5.5 opponent shots per game, which is ranked fourth in the country. Texas Tech ranks 24th in blocks allowed per game (2.4).
Gonzaga ranks 23rd in rebounds per game (39.1) while Texas Tech ranks 208th (34.4).
The Bulldogs rank 41st in steals allowed per game (5.3) while the Red Raiders rank 150th (6.4).
Gonzaga ranks fourth in assists per game (17.9) while Texas Tech ranks 110th (14.0).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.4, down from 23.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Red Raiders have scored an average of 73.4 points per game (0.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 62.2 points per game (3.5 above their season average).