Texas Tech vs. Villanova: Elite 8 Live Updates, Score For NCAA Tournament 2018
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The Villanova Wildcats are headed back to the Final Four after posting a 71-59 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders Sunday in the East Region final in Boston. It's the second time in three years Villanova has made the Final Four, getting there in 2016 when it won the national title. The top-seeded Wildcats (34-4) won despite shooting 33.3 percent and making only 4 of 24 three-pointers, while No. 3 Texas Tech (27-10) couldn't overcome allowing 20 offensive rebounds and 17 more free throws.
- March 25, 2018
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- March 25, 2018
Clinching at the Line
Villanova is 15 of 16 from the foul line this half and for the game has made 29 of 35 free throws. The Wildcats are plus-15 at the line in a game it leads by 12 (71-59) with 45.1 seconds left.
Making the Foul Shots
Mikal Bridges drains a pair to put Villanova back up 10. The Wildcats are 22 of 28 from the foul line compared to 12 of 16 for Texas Tech.
Villanova 56, Texas Tech 51 (3:42 2nd Half)
Wildcats at the line when we come back after Eric Paschall is fouled following Villanova's 20th offensive rebound of the game.
Nova Statement Slam 😱
Make Your Free Throws, Kids
Zhaire Smith misses both foul shots and is 8 of 12 from the line.
Villanova 52, Texas Tech 44 (6:43 2nd Half)
Sixteen bench points has kept Texas Tech in this game.
Villanova 46, Texas Tech 35 (11:35 2nd Half)
Things bogging down a bit as neither team can get anything going on offense. The squads are a combined 9-of-26 from the field in the second half and 28-of-80 for the game.
Villanova 43, Texas Tech 30 (15:01 2nd Half)
The Wildcats have maintained their 13-point halftime lead and their 13-rebound edge on the boards.
Texas Tech and Villanova were abysmal from three-point range in the first half, combining to make just three. They'd each made one already in the second half.
HALFTIME: Villanova 36, Texas Tech 23
Texas Tech posts its season low in first-half points. Meanwhile, Villanova is on pace to blow past the most points the Red Raiders have allowed in an NCAA game (66).
Donte DiVincenzo finishes a fast break with a layup and the foul. Villanova up 10 in the final minute of the first half and can extend that lead.
Missing from Deep
Villanova shoots 40.5 percent from three-point range but so far is just 2-of-9. The Wildcats are nine triples away from the Division I season record.
Villanova 27, Texas Tech 21 (3:54 1st Half)
The teams are a combined 16-of-42 from the field so far.
Villanova 23, Texas Tech 17 (7:44 1st Half)
Villanova has gone to the line 12 times, making nine, compared to Texas Tech going 2-of-2.
On the Board
Keenan Evans gets his first basket after missing three shots.
20-6 Run for Villanova
The Wildcats trailed 9-1 early and are now up 21-15. Similar to how it used a 22-6 run against West Virginia on Friday to go from down six to up 10 in the second half.
In the Bonus
Villanova has drawn seven team fouls on Texas Tech with 10:47 left in the first half. The Wildcats are 10th in the country in free-throw shooting at 77.7 percent, and today are already 7-of-10 from the line.
Texas Tech 15, Villanova 15 (11:07 1st Half)
Like at the previous TV timeout, Villanova's Eric Paschall will be at the line when action resumes.
To the Bench
Standout Texas Tech freshman Zhaire Smith must sit after picking up a second foul before the second media timeout.
Texas Tech 9, Villanova 6 (14:58 1st Half)
Villanova has scored five in a row since falling behind by eight, and Eric Paschall will be at the line after the TV timeout.