The No. 3 Red Raiders will take on the No. 6 Florida Gators on Saturday night in second-round action of the NCAA Tournament with a Sweet 16 bid on the line.
Now that is some Raider Power if we've ever seen it.
Evan led Texas Tech with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting while Zhaire Smith gave the Red Raiders 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
NCAA Tournament Second Round: Duke Blue Devils vs. Rhode Island Rams
The Rams needed overtime, but took down the Oklahoma Sooners in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. All that said, Duke plays a 2-3 zone, which Rhode Island's guard-heavy lineup could take advantage of.
Texas Tech trailed by as many as 8 points early in the second half Thursday against Stephen F. Austin before rallying for a 70-60 win.
And it was that cooling off that doomed Florida in the end because the Gators never truly forced Texas Tech to play outside of their game. Tech fans had to have filled 90-plus percent of the place. Jarrett Culver added 11 points. Egor Koulechov, their Russian grad three-point specialist, missed one with four seconds to go and KeVaughn Allen missed a final desperate three from the corner with one second left, allowing Texas Tech to hang on. Up three, Keenan Evans broke down Florida's defense for an alley oop to put Texas Tech up five with 29.4 seconds to play. The margin reached seven points twice, the last time with 9:48 left in the first when Koulechov canned a 3-pointer off a Chiozza assist to make it 26-19.
While Florida, seeded No. 6 in the East, kept answering just about every challenge, having to fight through considerable foul trouble for senior point guard Chris Chiozza, eventually there was just a little too much of the senior Evans and the flying freshman Smith for the Gators to handle. For the fourth time in school history, the Red Raiders are riding into the Sweet 16. 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).