Texas Tech-Villanova game time announced for Elite Eight matchup

The biggest Cinderella team remaining in March Madness continued their run with an inspired comeback and one huge shot

One player Huggins won't have to worry about is senior guard Jevon Carter, who is known for his focus and work ethic and wants to get the Mountaineers back to the Final Four for the first time since 2010.

West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad (23) reacts after being fouled by Marshall forward Ajdin Penava (11) during the first half of a second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 18, 2018, in San Diego.

Villanova responded to tie the game at 60 as Brunson scored four points and Paschall added two free throws.

West Virginia guard Jevon Carter leaves the court after Friday's 90-78 loss to Villanova in the Sweet 16 at Boston's TD Garden.

Villanova's Sweet 16 plan for the team nicknamed Press Virginia: Attack the stifling defense head-on.

West Virginia's six-point lead would soon vanish with an 11-0 run from Villanova as the Wildcats took a 65-60 lead.

"That was the most physical, physically demanding, mentally demanding 40 minutes we've played in a long time", Wright said. Both Daxter Miles Jr. and Sagaba Konate have to play well in this game too, because Carter won't be able to do it all. "So sometimes you're going to go, you're going to make the right decision and you might catch a foul on them".

The man responsible for giving that scouting report to them, Bob Huggins, is most impressed with the way Villanova passes the basketball to get into position to make shots. But West Virginia's vaunted press defense appeared to unnerve the Wildcats, who almost matched their full-game season average by turning the ball over nine times in the first 20 minutes (and who also lost DiVincenzo and star wing Mikal Bridges to foul trouble for most of the first half).

Then again, Villanova also can wear down an opponent with its depth, speed, shooting and defense. "So, it just happened to come off the right way, and I just tried to finish it", Spellman said after a coming-of-age game with 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

West Virginia was Carter's lone power conference offer, according to Rivals. The Mountaineers were whistled for 28 fouls and Villanova committed 20. The outside shots helped the Wildcats overcome 16 turnovers.

Defending national champion North Carolina, which beat the Zags in the title game a year ago, lost its second-round game against Texas A&M.

Texas Tech are headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.

While that may be somewhat true, most would rather play the South bracket of Kentucky and the Loyola Chicago-Nevada victor to get to San Antonio than West Virginia and the Purdue-Texas Tech victor that Villanova is facing.

Texas Tech trailed by as many as 7 points in the first half.

The Mountaineers then went on an 8-0 run to take a 33-30 lead. Purdue got it down to one early in the second but the Red Raiders never surrendered the lead.

Brunson, who led all scorers with 27 points, set the offensive tone out of the timeout.

The Clemson-Kansas victor plays in the regional final Sunday against the victor of Friday night's other semifinal between second-seeded Duke and 11th-seeded Syracuse. Now that they have reached the Elite Eight, the expectations have not changed one bit.

Underdogs went 3-1 against the spread with three outright wins in Thursday's Sweet 16 games.

Texas Tech (27-9) also got 33 points from its bench, compared to just six for Purdue.

Meanwhile, in the South, top four seeds Virginia (No. 1 overall in the tourney), North Carolina, Tennessee and Arizona are already gone, leaving Sweet 16 matchups between No. 9 Kansas State and No. 5 Kentucky, as well as No. 11 Loyola Chicago and No. 7 Nevada. In fact, this marks the sixth time Bill Self's team has been seeded first since KU won it all in 2008; the Jayhawks haven't made the Final Four one of those times.

"When we got down six, I saw they pulled together so we could grind it out", said Wright, praising his veterans Brunson and Mikal Bridges, who added 16 points. "I don't think there's any secret".

"I thought we were more aggressive in the second half", Wright said. Whichever group of guards plays better and can take control of this game, could be the team that comes out on top. But Shelton Mitchell and Gabe DeVoe each missed from beyond the arc.

"We came into the huddle and said, 'We're good, coach, we're good, '" Booth said.

"I felt like we gave it everything we had", Carter said. "That sparked their run, whatever it was, and it was just hard to get back in the game at that point".

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