It was just a year ago when No. 11 seed UCLA defied the March Madness odds by surviving an overtime game in the First Four round and advanced to the Final Four. Could Notre Dame be following that script to the Final Four in New Orleans?
If Friday’s results are any indication, fans could be in for a treat when these teams meet in a second-round game in the March Madness bracket because both Notre Dame and Texas Tech had things going on the offensive end.
Texas Tech is listed at +2000 in the odds to win the national championship while Notre Dame checks in at +20000.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and March Madness Odds for Notre Dame vs. Texas Tech. We have plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Ryan Heating Up at Perfect Time for Notre Dame
Cormac Ryan would have been pretty far down the list of potential Notre Dame standouts six weeks ago. The junior guard had scored in single digits in 11 games in a row beginning in January and extending into early February. At that point, he had more games with five points or less than he did when he scored at least 10 points. He averaged more than 11 points in his final seven games in the regular season. That set the stage for Ryan taking his game to another level in the postseason.
After scoring 20 points in a loss in the ACC tournament, Ryan had 16 points in a double-overtime win over Rutgers. Facing No. 6 seed Alabama, Ryan was 7–of-9 from 3-point range as he scored 29 points in the 14-point win. His big game was not included in anybody’s March Madness predictions.
Four players finished in double figures including a career-high 29 points from Cormac Ryan en route to knocking off the Alabama Crimson Tide!
— Notre Dame Men's Basketball (@NDmbb) March 19, 2022
Notre Dame started off slowly as to be expected after the grueling game against Rutgers followed by a flight to California. The Fighting Irish scored nine straight points late in the first half en route to the victory to advance to the Round of 32 for the fourth time since 2015.
Eight of Notre Dame’s last 10 games went over the Las Vegas odds total.
Who Said There Is No ‘O’ in Texas Tech?
Texas Tech is better known for its relentless and suffocating defense but the Red Raiders proved they can get it done on offense as well while blowing past Montana State.
Texas Tech threatened to break the mark for best field-goal percentage in a game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Syracuse’s mark of 67.9% set against Southern Illinois in 1995 withstood the challenge as Texas Tech finished with a field-goal percentage of 66.7 in the 97-62 win.
The starting lineup was 27-of-37 from the field. Terrence Shannon Jr. and Bryson Williams led the way with 20 points each as all five starters scored in double figures.
It helps that Texas Tech has the lineup it thought it had coming into the season. Injuries resulted in Shannon missing 11 games and Kevin McCullar sitting out eight contests.
Shannon started to rediscover his offensive game during the Big 12 Tournament. He added six of the Red Raiders’ 23 assists against Montana State.
“I felt like everyone was unselfish,” Shannon said. “Nobody was hurrying shots. We did a good job moving the ball. When we play unselfish and selfless, we’re a pretty good team.”
Texas Tech was 1-5 in its last six games against the college basketball spreads before Friday’s win.
Notre Dame vs. Texas Tech Head-to-Head
Notre Dame won the lone meeting against Texas Tech 88-63 but since the game was played on December 6, 1975, so we doubt any trends could be used to aid those who bet online.
The last time the Fighting Irish played a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, the result was a three-point loss to Ole Miss as a one-point favorite in 2001. A little more recently, Texas Tech topped No. 11 seed Utah State in the 2021 March Madness bracket.
Notre Dame vs. Texas Tech Game Information
- Game: Notre Dame (24-10) vs. Texas Tech (26-9)
- Location: Viejas Arena, San Diego, California
- Day/Time: Sunday, March 20, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: TBS.com
- 2022 March Madness bracket
Notre Dame vs. Texas Tech Betting Lines
Notre Dame vs. Texas Tech Prediction
Notre Dame has two things that good tournament teams usually possess, the Fighting Irish are among the national leaders in fewest turnovers committed and 3-point percentage.
Texas Tech’s defense is its calling card as the Red Raiders rank among the top 20 in scoring defense and are in the top 40 with more than eight steals per game.
Texas Tech is understandably the favorite to advance to the regionals but the 7.5-point line seems pretty high as Notre Dame should be able to hang with the Red Raiders.