Villanova vs. Texas Tech Live Stream: When Villanova’s coach, Jay Wright, talks to his players about the 2016 Wildcats National Championship, he wants them to remember how he felt before arriving on the court, not after they cut the nets.
“There’s a certain hunger when you’ve never been there that can elevate you, you just want it so badly,” he said on Saturday as he prepared to play against Texas Height, recently arrived from Texas Tech, for a place in the Final Four. the NCAA. .
“When you’re in it for the first time and you’re moving forward, you’re very excited, you’re so hungry, that may be your advantage,” Wright said. “We have to remain humble, and we must be hungrier than Texas Tech, and then hope that part of our experience is profitable.”
No. 1 seed Villanova will face the Red Raiders in third place on Sunday at TD Garden, a veteran showdown of the tournament against a team that is so familiar with this level of March Madness that coach Chris Beard had to ask his players what the next round would be called.
“We just did the … what’s it called? The Great Eight?” He asked his players after beating Purdue on Friday night to move beyond Sweet 16 for the first time in the show’s 93-year history.
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“The Elite Eight our second year together,” said Beard. “We are lucky to be here, but I think we have earned the right to be here.”
Villanova (33-4) has made seven trips to Sweet 16 since Wright arrived on campus in 2001, moving to Elite Eight four times, while making two trips to the Final Four. They won everything in 2016, and then last year they surrendered in the second round.
That activated the alarms for Wright.
“Somehow he felt like our team last year, that hit us,” he said. “We had two similar seasons in a row … You come to the NCAA Tournament, you’re a 1 (seeded vs. a) 16. It’s crazy to say, but I felt like it was just a business as usual.”
Guard Phil Booth said Wright has not done anything different to keep the team hungry.
But he does not need to do it.
Only four players on the current team were on the list when the Wildcats beat North Carolina for the 2016 title, including Booth and guardians Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson.
“I do not think this team needs pumping,” Booth said. “I do not think anyone feels satisfied.”
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As Texas Tech (27-9) practiced, the Big 12 had three of the last eight teams playing. (Kansas State lost to Loyola-Chicago later on Saturday night, with Kansas facing Duke on Sunday.) That was not surprising for the Red Raiders, considering the schedule of the conference they had to go through.
“We fight every night,” Evans said. “Nearby games, like tournaments, and tournament teams every night in the Grand 12. So he definitely prepared us for this.”
The Red Raiders went 11-7 in the conference, losing four straight games to close in February. But the last two were for classified teams: Kansas and West Virginia; they lost again to the Highlanders in the conference tournament.
The Big 12 qualified seven teams in the NCAA Tournament and four advanced to the Sweet 16. Other leagues had more (the ACC had nine) but not so advanced.
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“The Big 12 is just a routine, it’s well documented,” Beard said. “Hall of Fame coaches, each team has NBA players as prospects, each team has a great local court, including us at Lubbock … So the routine is brutal when you’re in it, but I think it pays dividends when you leave the tunnel. ”
The great debate in Texas Tech’s locker room is not about politics or even whether the player attempting a pass within the full field should be protected in the final seconds.
It’s about music. More specifically: some of the players think that Beard plays too much country music.
In Lubbock, Texas, they are fighting words.
“We have a deal where they get three songs and I get one, that’s the ratio, unless we lose, and then I get three, and they get one,” Beard explained. “Then, win, it’s a world of winners.”
Evans said it’s getting warmer.
Something of that.
“I do not know any of the names of the songs,” Evans said, “but you’ll see me singing along with some of them.”
“You like ‘Mama Tried’, by Merle Haggard,” Barba informed him.
“Yes,” Evans said. “That.”
Always the coach, Beard used it as an opportunity to teach.
“Diversity is the salt of life,” he said. “That’s what makes our country great, look at the room today, everyone is different, diversity is America.