Texas Tech Advances To Sweet 16 With Win Over Florida


The No. 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the No. 6 seed Gators 69-66 Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Now that is some Raider Power if we've ever seen it.

Smith enjoyed a great all-around game for Texas Tech (26-9), contributing 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Raiders are lead by senior guard Keenan Evans who scored 22 pounds against Florida. Texas Tech has a reputation for slowing teams down, and Florida can get bogged down in its halfcourt offense.

The Red Raiders will play Friday night in Boston against the victor of Sunday's game between Butler and Purdue. Florida took advantage, lugging a 33-32 lead into the locker room when Koulechov tipped home Chiozza's miss with a second remaining.

After Texas Tech went on a 10-0 first half run, the game tightened up to a March slugfest with little in the way of margin. Florida fans are hoping for a better season next year. Jarrett Culver added 11 points.

Texas Tech's free throw shooting was also subpar, with the Red Raiders only making 50% of their 14 free throws.

On the season, Florida basketball averages 76.1 points, 35.1 rebounds and 13.0 assists per game.

After knocking off Miami with a three-pointer at the buzzer Thursday afternoon for a 64-62 upset, 11th-seeded Loyola advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1985 with a 63-62 win over the South's three seed Tennessee.

Florida was at one point 9-29 from the field at the 11:23 mark in the game. Koulechov went just 2-for-8 from downtown but did score 12 points ... The Gators are now 4-2 in The Big Dance under head coach Mike White and 1-1 in second-round games (10-4 all-time).

Chiozza found Egor Koulechov in the left corner.