Beard could not resist the lure of returning to Texas Tech

Beard could not resist the lure of returning to Texas Tech

For the fourth time in 10 seasons, Purdue's NCAA Tournament run ended in the Sweet 16.

Tech used its length and athleticism on defense to wear down second-seeded Purdue, 78-65, and reach the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.

For the top-seeded Wildcats, they'll rely on the 3-point shot to carry them to the Final Four. "These guys are gonna be my guys. It's fun when they go in but we don't worry about missing them". While Texas Tech may not win the game, they are going to cover this spread. Look for Texas Tech +6.5 over Villanova in College Basketball on Sunday. The victor of this game will join Loyola-Chicago and MI in the Final Four and most expect it to be Villanova, a team ranked near the top of the polls all season.

Second-seeded Purdue (30-7) was hoping to join Villanova in the Elite Eight, getting 30 points from Carsen Edwards and 12 points and 13 rebounds from Vincent Edwards. So they've held each of their last four opponents to 66 points or fewer. "It just means onto the next play". With work still left to do to get a shot at a national title, history must take a back seat in the present.

On the night the Red Raiders shot 48 percent from the floor, hit 17 of 18 free throws and won the turnover battle 17-10. The senior guard led the team in scoring this season and has emerged as a big leader for the Red Raiders.

"We are a defensive culture, which can lead to very ugly offense at times", Beard stated.

A rare display of emotion on the court from Brunson came in the first half, after Mikal Bridges drove the baseline and put up an ill-advised left-handed runner that didn't have much of a chance of going in.

Weekend looking warmer with some rain chances
Despite the ridging beginning to build in, a weak low and front are expected to make it into the Southeast late in the weekend. It will be another warm day with highs in the 50s and 60s for the higher terrain and 70s and 80s for the Southeastern Plains.

"Just being a basketball guy, they're a team I'm familiar with because I try to watch them whenever they're on TV at night".

The game on Sunday will be a huge test for Tech's stellar defense against the nation's hottest 3-point shooting team. Tech pulled away late, but Edwards kept Purdue in it all night long. Plus, they are more focused on the next tomorrow as opposed to all those yesterdays.

"Nothing changes no matter who we play, no matter where we play, what time, what day", Brunson said Friday. I just think it comes so much thinking it's our next game. "We still have areas to improve, but I liked the effort we had today". Zhaire Smith scored the team's first five points and there was a lot of energy from the Red Raiders.

The Red Raiders are 15th in College Basketball on the defensive side. Despite a team known for it's defense, Villanova figured out how to out play Texas Tech by keeping the ball moving. He had scored just seven points total in the Red Raiders' first two tournament wins and hadn't scored in double figures since February 21.

Keenan Evans scored 12 points for the Red Raiders, Jarrett Culver had 11 and 6-foot-6 guard Justin Gray led the team with nine rebounds. "I think that's a really valuable game for us, really valuable".

Purdue lost in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row and have not been to the Elite Eight since 2000. Purdue ended its season with a 30-7 record.