MINNEAPOLIS – With Lil Nas X from the "Old Town Road" loudly from the speakers, Texas Tech players went quietly from the court to the locker room after their 61-51 victory over Michigan on Saturday evening.
"We went to play 80 minutes, not 40," said Red Guard Junior Redirector Jarrett Caldwell.
For Texas Tech, this is 40 minutes from the program – no, sports department – history. Red Raiders have never won the national championship in men's basketball. And they won only one NCAA Championship in team sport in the history of the school: the title of women's basketball in 1993, headed by Sheryl Swoopes. (Virginia, a Red Rider opponent in the NCAA finals on Monday evening, is also looking for her first men's basketball title, but cavalry has had many successes in other sports.)
Texas Tech coach has pushed Red Raiders to national semifinals after the race. the course that went through the roundabout.
The Red Raiders' protection closed the Spartans, and now the Chris Beard team has a chance to make the story of the program in the title game Monday. 19659007] Auburn coach Bruce Pearl asked fans to "have a great game," but Virginia and O'Burne at the end of the fourth match will be prone to an inappropriate call.
This is a chance for Texas Tech to become a story in the college of basketball, the ultra-rare opportunities for Red Raiders to be a talk about world sports. "I would never have thought that Tech will get to this moment, it just grows in Lubbock, but now that I'm here in Technics, I'm just special for me."
Texas Tech will have to get more from Culver, which was atypically quiet during the first 38 minutes of Saturday's game – before putting big shots to the end, including a dagger with three pointers from the top of the 58 second key to give Red Raiders lead to seven points. They will need more from David Moretti, who was a hero against Gonzaga in the elite Eight, but only had points in front of Michigan.
Fortunately for coach Chris Birde and Red Raider, graduate of translation Matt Muny was ready for a great scene. Muni, who moved from South Dakota last spring, finished with 22 points and four 3-pointers. In the middle of the second half, Muny fell in three 3-pointers in 2 minutes, a 35-second gap that increased the Texas Tech advantage from six points to 12.
"I had a great shot today and the basket just became great for me, – said Muni, "I felt that [God] was there playing with us on the floor. Basket has just become great and my teammates have found me. "
Downstairs, Muni also protected Michigan's star Cassius Winston is perhaps the best defender in the country. And Winston fell into one of the poorest performances of the season by releasing from field 4: 4, with two gears and four turns
In the whole season, Winston hit big shots late in the games to keep the Spartans alive On Saturday, Moonie assured him that he had no such chance.
"He obviously very talented, but what really struck me today was just his courage, about One hundred to be able to do these great things and want to be in those moments, "Beard said of Muni. "When Culver was – I'm not going to struggle a bit, I think that when Michigan was so focused on Calvere, Matt had the courage to climb and take those shots. He makes pins at both ends.
Senior Guardian "Red Raiders Brandon Francis offered to take over Muni."
"At the defensive end, he was about to play hard," said Francis. "When he came to Tech, I had no idea that he could play the defense so well. … We are just glad that he was able to spend a beautiful night. "So far, the Cavalry is defending, like everyone else in the country, and they control the pace and pace of the game. It will be a defensive slugfest, one that has the lowest / under (120) for a game in the national championship in the last 20 seasons (eight points lower than the previous, 128 for the 2006 Florida-UCLA).] Virginia prefers, but it's not new for the Red Raiders. They were seventh in pre-election 12th survey and were understated in three straight games.