After their untimely exit from the Big 12 tournament Texas Tech sets their eyes on the final gambit. On Monday, the selection show for the NCAA Tournament broadcasted a no. 4 seed for the Red Raiders going forward. The other top seeds of the bracket are (1) North Carolina, (2) USC, and a fellow Big 12 representative (3) Oklahoma State. Texas Tech’s selection to participate in the NCAA Tournament makes it seven times in eight years that they have appeared in the post-season.
First up to the chopping block for the Red Raiders is a familiar opponent. The Pepperdine Wave (11-6-2) will be making the trip to Lubbock to play in the first round on Friday. Coach Stone has no unrealistic expectations going up against the Wave, saying “we’re going to have to be at our best. This is a team that can beat anybody on any given day.” His reference to the renown 1-0 upset of No. 2 Stanford earlier in the year.
Pepperdine has made a habit of forcing good team to play better, and for Texas Tech that spells danger. Stone has some experience playing the Wave in 2017 and 2018, but in 2019 it’s just as new as ever. The emphasis outside of what happens on the pitch is a home field advantage. “We know we have an edge when it comes to enviroment. The atmosphere here is fantastic and electric,” Stone said, “When you’re rolling and have a home game in the NCAA Tournament, Tech fans are putting on their coats and coming out. We love that about our Red Raider fans.”
Texas Tech is 5-0 when playing first round NCAA Tournaments at home, which is extremely favorable on Friday, but Stanford was also supposed to be undefeated by the time they played USC. Now more than ever Texas Tech fans are encouraged to come out to the John Walker on Friday evening (tentatively 6:30pm), be loud, be supportive, and bundle up!
Tickets are $8 a pop (and if you can’t afford one message us on twitter @vivathematadors and we’ll hook you up)
Watch the game on: TexasTechTV (day passes are $7)