Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Pick

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March 30, 6:09 PM EDT
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Point Spread: 
Gonzaga -4
Total: 
137.5

Win and go to the Final Four, that is the premise behind this match-up when the No. 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders (29-6) square off with the No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs (33-3) of the West Region in the Regional Final of the 2019 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Elite 8 collision is scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, 2019 with a tip-off time of 7:09 PM ET. The game will be televised on CBS live from Anaheim, California. The Red Raiders and Bulldogs met in the Regional Semifinals last year where the Red Raiders staged a 75-60 upset of the Zags closing as a six-point underdog. Texas Tech and Gonzaga met twice in 2005 and 2007. In both scenarios, the Red Raiders closed as 2.5 and 6.5-point underdogs and staged two upset wins against the Zags.

No.3 Texas Tech vs. No.1 Gonzaga Betting Overview:

Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders made a statement in their Sweet 16 bout with the runner-up of the 2018 Men's Basketball Tournament, the Michigan Wolverines on Thursday. T-Tech closed as a 1.5-point underdog, but they clearly showed that they are a team that can not only produce minor upsets but so emphatically. The Red Raiders thumped the Maize and Blue 63-44.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs avenged 2018’s Sweet 16 loss to Florida State with style on Thursday when the two programs happen to cross paths yet again in this year’s Regional Semifinal. Closing as a 7.5-point favorite, the Zags took care of business and defeated the Noles 72-58 to cover while they did so.

Reasons To Back Texas Tech:

Championing the mantra that defense win championships, the Red Raiders bring a talented unit to the table that has so far undermined every opponent it has come across. The Dueling Desperados own the third-ranked scoring defense in America (58.7 points per game) and have held all three opponents they have squared off to under this average. This narrative includes deposing a Buffalo squad that sat fourth in scoring previous to their Second Round clash. The Red Raiders are also the best team in the country in lowering opponent field goal percentage as they allow the opposition to hit a salty 36.7%. One can bet that Tech is licking its chops to lock horns with Gonzaga’s nation-leading offense.

Reasons To Avoid Gonzaga:

The Zags as mention own the best scoring offense in America (88.2 points per game), and they are also the best shooting team in the country possessing a field goal efficiency of 52.8%. It is pretty certain that the Bulldogs will not be producing those kinds of numbers against this stingy Red Raiders defense. The question is what the Zags will do should this game devolve to a defensive affair. However, given the fact this team had a lot of hype surrounding it as a top seed in the tourney takers will be paying to back their name here even if the match-up is not in their favor.

Texas Tech vs. Gonzaga Prediction:

What happens when a seemingly unstoppable force meets an immovable object? This scientific query has been the subject matter of many blockbuster films and fantasy novels for centuries. In the case of an unstoppable offensive unit against a stout defensive team, time and time again the defense is often the one that has their way. In this case, that would be that Red Raiders. We’ll play them outright on the Money Line as T-Tech will punch their ticket to the Final Four.
 
Free Pick: 
Texas Tech +170
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