Other than Duke fans, the happiest folks in the country that the Blue Devils made the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 are those at CBS because no team draws better TV ratings than the Dukies. Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski looks to extend his career one more game as No. 2 Duke takes on No. 3 Texas Tech in West Region action Thursday.
The winner of this game will play most likely No. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite Eight and both did play the Zags in the regular season. On Nov. 26, Duke beat Gonzaga 84-81 in Las Vegas. Gonzaga battled back from a nine-point deficit thanks to Julian Strawther’s offensive prowess early in the second half. He scored eight of the Bulldogs’ first 14 points to help them get within two. But Gonzaga suffered through a 0-for-5 span down the stretch and turned the ball over three times to allow Duke to close the game on a 13-9 run. Paolo Banchero led Duke with 21 points. Wendell Moore Jr. scored 20 points and Mark Williams added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Blue Devils. Strawther led Gonzaga with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Zags had 17 total turnovers.
On Dec. 18 in Phoenix, Gonzaga beat Texas Tech 69-55. Andrew Nembhard scored 16 points and Rasir Bolton added 15. The Red Raiders doubled down on the post nearly every possession, holding Zags star Drew Timme to seven points on 2-of-4 shooting and freshman phenom Chet Holmgren to five points on 1-of-5 shooting. Gonzaga overcame it by working the ball out to the 3-point arc, where they shot 13 of 31. The Zags went to the 3 to pull away, hitting four during a big second-half run to stretch an eight-point halftime lead to 16. Kevin McCullar and Adonis Arms had 14 points each to lead the Red Raiders.
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Texas Tech vs. Duke 2022 March Madness Sweet 16 Game Information
Going, going. Back, back. pic.twitter.com/JZgeFYjABT— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) March 22, 2022
- When: Thursday, March 24, 2022, 7:39 PM ET
- Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
- TV: CBS
- Radio: Double T 97.3 FM (Texas Tech) / 97.9 The Hill WCHL (Duke)
- Live Stream: March Madness Live
- NCAAB Betting Odds: Texas Tech (-1) / Duke (+1)
Why Bet on the Texas Tech Red Raiders?
Texas Tech advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 59-53 win over No. 11 Notre Dame. Kevin Obanor led the Red Raiders by recording a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Bryson Williams and Kevin McCullar both scored 14 points. TTU was down 52-49 with 1:56 left but dominated the rest of the way.
Free throws down the stretch won the game for the Red Raiders who were 0-for-3 at the line in the first half before going 13-for-14 in the second half to advance. Obanor’s 15 rebounds were a season-high and added to Tech’s 42-36 advantage in the game. The Red Raiders owned a 24-10 scoring advantage in the paint and finished the game shooting 21-for-59 from the field.
Mark Adams has been named the Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year and is a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award. He has already established the best record for a first-year Tech head coach with the 27-9 mark going into the Sweet 16. The Red Raiders are now 10-3 over the past four tournaments which is the second most wins nationally with Gonzaga and Michigan tied for the most with 12. Tech is 7-4 against ranked opponents and 3-3 against Top-10 teams this season.
Why Bet on the Duke Blue Devils?
Duke (30-6) pulled away late to beat No. 7 Michigan State in the Round of 32, 85-76. The win was the 1,200th in Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s historic career and put him one shy of 100 in the NCAA Tournament. Duke had five players score in double figures, with Paolo Banchero totaling 19 points, including the go-ahead bucket with 2:05 left. Wendell Moore Jr., Jeremy Roach and Mark Williams netting 15 apiece. Freshman Trevor Keels added 12, including a momentum-shifting three to tie the game at 72 with 3:24 left.
It’s not clear if Duke will have freshman AJ Griffin on Thursday. He suffered a lower leg injury with eight minutes to play in Sunday’s game after his left foot rolled beneath him on a drive to the basket. Griffin had to leave and couldn’t return. He had seven points on 3-of-7 shooting with three rebounds against Michigan State and averages 10.3 points and 3.8 rebounds on the season. Banchero, Griffin and Trevor Keels were named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Duke is 116-38 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 98-30 under Krzyzewski.
Texas Tech vs. Duke Betting Trends
- Red Raiders are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
- Red Raiders are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 NCAA Tournament games.
- The total went in 4 of Texas Tech’s last 6 games.
- Blue Devils are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Blue Devils are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games.
- The total went in 7 of Duke’s last 8 games.
Texas Tech vs. Duke Expert Betting Predictions
Texas Tech 66, Duke 65
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