Michigan State basketball vs. Texas Tech, Final Four: Live blog tonight
Welcome to our coverage of the Michigan State basketball game in the Final Four.
Tonight, the Spartans take on Texas Tech in the national semifinal in Minneapolis.
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech: Tipoff time, TV channel, live stream, odds for 2019 Final Four
The Final Four field is set, featuring a matchup between Michigan State and Texas Tech on Saturday that will likely be heavy on defense.
Michigan State and Texas Tech have allowed fewer than 70 points in all four of their NCAA Tournament games, and each has certainly earned its place in the Final Four after Elite Eight wins over No. 1 seeds Duke and Gonzaga, respectively.
The Spartans. using tremendous play from Cassius Winston, fended off a Blue Devils team led by top NBA Draft prospects Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett. Texas Tech played its first close game of the tournament, using some timely 3s by Davide Moretti and a technical foul in the final seconds to sneak by Gonzaga.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game between the Spartans and Red Raiders, which will determine who plays for the national championship.
What time does Michigan State vs. Texas Tech start?
Since it is the second game of the Final Four, the Spartans and Red Raiders will start approximately 40 minutes after Virginia vs. Auburn concludes. Tip off is scheduled for appoximately 8:49 p.m. ET.
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech TV channel, live stream
The contest will be aired on CBS, with Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery on the call and Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter. You can also stream the game on fuboTV, CBS All-Access or the NCAA March Madness streaming app
Where is the 2019 Final Four?
The 2019 Final Four will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which normally houses the Minnesota Vikings. It is the first time the Final Four will be played at this stadium, but the fourth time the city of Minneapolis will host. It was previously the home site in 1951, 1992 and 2001.
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech betting line, odds
The Spartans opened the week as a three-point favorite, though the line has moved down slightly to Michigan State -2.5. The over/under is set at 132.5.
Michigan State by the numbers
- Record: 32-6
- Adj. Efficiency Rank: 3
- Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 5
- Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 8
- Tempo Rank: 201
Texas Tech by the numbers
- Record: 30-6
- Adj. Efficiency Rank: 5
- Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 30
- Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 1
- Tempo Rank: 229
Michigan State Final Four history
The Spartans have the most Final Four appearances (10) of any team still remaining. They have two national championships – including one under coach Tom Izzo – but have lost four of their last six Final Four games.
|1957||Lost to North Carolina|
|1979||Beat Penn, Indiana State|
|1999||Lost to Duke|
|2000||Beat Wisconsin, Florida|
|2001||Lost to Arizona|
|2005||Lost to North Carolina|
|2009||Beat UConn; Lost to UNC in final|
|2010||Lost to Butler|
|2015||Lost to Duke|
Bold denotes national championship season
Texas Tech Final Four history
This is the Red Raiders’ first appearance in the Final Four. They have breezed through most of the competition in the NCAA Tournament, defeating Northern Kentucky, Buffalo and Michigan by double digits. They then snuck by Gonzaga in the Elite Eight to reach Minneapolis. Texas Tech had reached the Elite Eight just once (2018) prior to this year.
Watch Replay: Quest for the Championship – Texas Tech Red Raider basketball in the Final Four
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Beard has been to the Final Four several times – just not as a coach. He’s been a spectator. This time, it will be different. Texas Tech is in the Final Four for the first time ever.
By contrast, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has been there before in his capacity as coach. As a matter of fact, this will be Izzo’s eighth Final Four. Izzo led the Spartans to a national championship in 2000.
Texas Tech and Michigan State play on Saturday night in Minneapolis at 7:49 pm (central). The game will be televised on CBS.
Bryan Mudd and David Collier talked about this historic Texas Tech basketball season with former Texas Tech director of basketball operations Craig Wells and alumni association VP Chris Snead..
The live event is over. Use the video link above a replay.
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech: Game prediction, pick, odds, line, how to watch NCAA Tournament Final Four, live stream
After a thrilling victory over Duke, No. 2 seed Michigan State looks to advance to its first national championship game since 2009. To get there, it will have to get past No. 3 seed, and West Regional Champion, Texas Tech.
Texas Tech has run through its competition, winning by an average margin of 15 points, the best mark in the tournament. The Red Raiders defense has been suffocating and have been bringing out the worst in opposing offenses. In its 75-69 win over Gonzaga in the Elite Eight, it held the Zags to its third lowest scoring total of the season. In the Sweet 16, Michigan only scored 44 points, its lowest total of the year. In the second round, Buffalo only scored 58 points, its lowest of the season. The point is made, this defense has been elite all season and is now playing its best ball at the most important time.
No. 2 seed Michigan State defeated No. 1 seed Duke 68-67 in the East Regional semifinals. Cassius Winston recorded 20 points and 10 assists. Xavier Tillman added 19 points, tying a career-high. The Spartans should have the edge in rebounding over Texas Tech. The Spartans have outrebounded its opponents by 8.9 rebounds per game this season, ranked fifth in the nation. Texas Tech has been outrebounded in three of its four tournament games.
This game has all the makings of an instant classic given the contrasting styles of play, and we can’t wait to see how it plays out. So do our experts see earning a bid to the championship game on Monday? Check out our picks and viewing information below.
- When: Saturday, 8:49 p.m. ET
- Where: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
- TV: CBS
- Live stream: March Madness Live and fuboTV (try for free)
No. 2 Michigan State (-3.5) vs. No. 3 Texas Tech — 8:49 p.m. on CBS: Michigan State is coming off of a one-point win over Duke in the Elite Eight in which it forced 17 turnovers. This is a matchup of two elite defenses. Texas Tech and Michigan State are both ranked in the top-three of defensive field goal percentage. Who’s offense will be able to create better shots, Cassius Winston and the Spartans or Jarrett Culver and the Red Raiders? Pick: Texas Tech +3.5
Michigan State vs Texas Tech live streaming details
If you want to watch Michigan State vs Texas Tech live streaming online, these are the instructions.
Match: Michigan State vs Texas Tech
Competition: NCAA Tournament (March Madness)
Date: April 5, 2019
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