Texas Tech’s Final Four run picks up Big 12 in NCAA Tournament



April 2, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrate after defeating Gonzaga, 75-69, in the NCAA Tournament West Regional Final at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday. Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS

After the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the Big 12 was staggering. Five of its six teams had fallen, three knocked from the bracket as the better-seeded team.

Only Texas Tech remained, and the third-seeded Red Raiders were part of a West Region from which the top four seeds advanced.

But Tech plowed through, defeating second-seeded Michigan in the Sweet 16 and top-seeded Gonzaga for the regional championship in a pair of defensive masterpieces.

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