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Texas tech Red Raiders, West Region No. 3 Seed
Backcourt: The strength of the Red Raiders is in the backcourt. Everything starts with Jarrett Culver, the 6-5 sophomore has blossomed into a go-to scorer for a team that doesn't need that many points. Culver led the team with 18.9 points and has averaged 22.4 points in the postseason. Like every Red Raider player, he is a strong defender as well. Culver is flanked by South Dakota transfer Matt Mooney and Davide Morretti, who has hit 92.3 percent of his free throws and 46.3 percent of his three-pointers. Mooney put up 17 points in the win over Gonzaga. Kyler Edwards and Brandone Francis come off the bench to play significant minutes and keep pressure on opposing ball handlers.
Frontcourt: Texas Tech does not get much offense out of its forwards and centers. The presence of players such as Tariq Owens and Norense Odiase are the last line of the packed-in defense. Owens, a happy transfer from St. John's, led the team with 2.4 blocks to go along with 8.9 points on 61.3 percent from the field and 5.8 rebounds. He swatted five shots and grabbed 17 boards in the wins over Michigan and Gonzaga. Odiase is a fifth-year senior who has only missed two shots in 10 attempts during the Big Dance. Sophomore Deshawn Corprew is an undersized forward who provides athleticism and depth.
X-Factor: Is it fair to call the team's calling card an x-factor? The Red Raiders play