Michigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind

Michigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind

Michigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind

Twitter erupted following the Red Raiders' win over the Spartans Saturday - a combination of elation from Texas Tech fans and former Red Raider athletes in Lubbock alike, applause from media members, and even a shout-out from Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The attention to defence and rebounding. Matt Mooney led the Red Raiders with 22 points.

Minneapolis, Minn. - No. 3 Texas Tech will play for the first national title in program history after beating No. 2 Michigan State 61-51 Saturday night in the Final Four.

Winston said he needs to talk to his family before making any decision and doesn't have a timeline. "Tonight was one of those nights". He made one free throw on the next trip down, then Norense Odiase swiped the ball from MSU's Xavier Tillman - one of Tech's four steals on the night - and the Red Raiders worked the ball to Culver, who made his only 3 to push the lead to 58-51 and start the celebration.

But Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl told reporters after the game that he wanted the semifinal to be remembered as a great game with a lot of plays, not just by the crucial call at the end.

The Red Raiders knew it would be a rough road against Izzo and his Spartans. Michigan State is back for the eighth time under coach Tom Izzo. It was the first Final Four appearance in program history.

This National Semifinal game was not short of drama.

Texas Tech's defense has the best points allowed-per-100 possessions ratio (84) since stat guru Ken Pomeroy started tracking the figure in 2002. Winston would chip-in 20 points and 10 assists in the win. "I've got it on tape".

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Now, Tech will need its role players to again take their game to a new level.

Auburn star guard Bryce Brown made two threes in the final minutes to bring Auburn back within three after they were down 10.

Texas Tech shot 56 per cent after halftime, while its trademark defensive edge locked down on Michigan State. When we left to come to (the Final Four) at 7:30 a.m., a bunch of them were out there.

The big Auckland centre and his University of Virginia Cavaliers side are through to Monday's (Tuesday NZ time) final.

The Red Raiders held the Spartans to a season-low in points, 32 per cent shooting and 7 of 24 from 3 to earn their first spot in the national title game.

Both of the teams had needed a lot of good fortune, not to mention overtime, to get out of the Elite Eight a week ago and it looked like this one might result in another overtime session.

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