Auburn, Virginia, MSU, Texas Tech arrive at Final Four

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They get sprinkled around Texas sparingly as would befit a state which reveres a ball with two points on the ends: five to Houston between 1967 and 1984; here and there early on to Baylor, SMU and Texas; Texas Western with a title in 1966; and only one other to any program in the state since 1984 (Texas in 2003). Granted, Virginia's advancement past its first-round opponent could not be assumed after what occurred against UMBC last season.

Auburn has Sir Charles, Michigan State has Magic and Virginia has Ralph Sampson. The Spartans should have the edge in rebounding over Texas Tech.

Michigan State's defense isn't bad, either. But their success is just as much because of their global imports. Both teams are known for gritty defense and outside shooting.

Auburn's Samir Doughty (10), Myles Parker (20) and Horace Spencer (0) get a ride after a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. "In our culture, if you say you're going to do it, you'd better do it, or you're about to get roasted".

The number of votes cast for Beard is considerable given that the balloting was completed prior to the NCAA Tournament where the Red Raiders have separated themselves from the Houston Cougars.

But they have bought into the idea that if they play together and trust each other then they have a good chance at success and that formula certainly has worked through most of this memorable season. His swoop-in rejection of Rui Hachimura was the game-sealer in the Elite Eight victory over Gonzaga last week.

Auburn has no freshmen in its rotation and is led by senior Bryce Brown and junior Jared Harper.

Texas Tech's best player went to high school three miles from the Texas Tech campus.

What a difference a year makes.

"I just don't think we can make Virginia play faster than they play. Trying to get to the tournament'". Searching for a way to defend his teammate's performance in this tournament, Cavalier point guard Ty Jerome told reporters Thursday, "He carried us against Gardner-Webb". "It's been the identity of our teams at all different levels, and now at Texas Tech". "I've been in some bigger domes as a fan, and it doesn't seem like - it doesn't seem as big". Total. He was 3 of 12 on 3-pointers. Texas Tech was an afterthought in November.

Two days before the University of Virginia tips off in the Final Four, Wahoo fans are arriving to Minneapolis to cheer on their team.

"So me this year, it's no beer, no desserts, no candy". Along with an National Basketball Association top-10 projected pick, sophomore guard Jarrett Culver, the Red Raiders are made for March Madness.

As his Texas Tech players watched Chris Beard picked up the Associated Press coach of the year award at the Final Four, forward Tariq Owens made a decision to play journalist. They easily beat Northern Kentucky 72-57 before dispatching Buffalo 78-58. To get there, it will have to get past No. 3 seed, and West Regional Champion, Texas Tech.

The Chiefs quarterback and reigning NFL MVP plans to watch the Red Raiders play the Spartans in the Final Four on Saturday night. Auburn works it's offense so well that if a Tiger is open off of the first pass, then if he is a consistent three-point shooter, he needs to take the shot. After participating in the FIBA Europe U18 championship, Texas Tech showed interest. Back when Izzo was making his first of eight appearances in the Final Four, he would suit his players up in helmets and shoulder pads for rebounding drills.

The face of this Final Four is Tom Izzo.

"Duke is the big barometer because of Zion and Coach K", Bogdanovich said. Knocked out in the Sweet 16.

The Spartans are coming off of an odds-defying dance of their own, defeating the top-overall seed Duke Blue Devils. He has the look of a future star in the National Basketball Association and is projected as a lottery pick.

TEXAS TECH vs. MICHIGAN STATE - Saturday at 7:49 p.m. Texas Tech had to play incredible defense to keep Gonzaga under 70 points.

Bet: Texas Tech covers the spread and bet the under.