Texas Tech vs Buffalo Live Stream Basketball Game 2019 March Madness

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The Texas Tech vs Buffalo 2019 Live – Stream basketball team will take on senior had dreams of playing Big Ten football. But the Zion, Ill, native quit playing football and focused on basketball game. The Texas Tech Red Raiders in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 6:10 p.m. Sunday at Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma – It’s hard to define the biggest sign that things are different this time around for Buffalo, that winning in the first round of the NCAA Tournament is no longer a novelty but instead, they hope, a necessary first step.

It might have been the postgame locker room Friday afternoon, where after a dominating win against Arizona State, what was remarkable was the sheer lack of emotion.

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“We celebrated a little bit,” senior guard CJ Massinburg says, almost in protest. “But it’s just – everybody knows our job is not done. Far from done. It was chill.”

It might have been the lack of interview requests after the 91-74 victory, which didn’t shock anyone. But maybe it came Friday night, in a team meeting back at the Bulls’ hotel. Before coaches began showing video of Texas Tech, Massinburg rose with a message for his teammates.

“We’ve got to get locked in,” Massinburg told them. “We were just happy with the win last year (against Arizona). We’re not happy. We need to get this next win.

And if it feels like the spotlight is focused elsewhere, it’s because no one is talking about Buffalo as a typical first-round Cinderella – that white-hot burst of attention for about 36 hours, followed by an underwhelming exit the next time out. Instead, the media attention is more on the fascination with what might unfold: No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 6 Buffalo could be the most entertaining game of the Round of 32.

And as important, the Bulls are squarely focused on that matchup. During interviews Saturday, they exuded poise and confidence. It’s a lot different than last year, when as a No. 14 seed, they upset No. 3 Arizona and future No. 1 draft pick DeAndre Ayton – and then reveled so much in the resulting attention, it was hard to reel the emotions back in to prepare for a date with Kentucky.

“Our phones started blowing up,” Massinburg says. “The city of Buffalo went crazy, and we were shocked ourselves. We just enjoyed the moment and we didn’t really study Kentucky like we should have. But this year, we’re all locked in.”

That would be a very good thing. By almost any measure, Texas Tech ranks among the nation’s best defensive teams. The Red Raiders hold opponents under 60 points a game. In stark contrast, Buffalo plays very fast and scores in bunches; the Bulls average 84.9 points. Something has to give.

“I don’t think they played anybody like us all year,” senior forward Nick Perkins says. “The Big 12 is a little different with the matchups. Teams play a little slower. … It will be good to see how they match up. It’s gonna be a good game.”

Adds Massinburg: “I think this year’s Texas Tech team is better than Kentucky’s team last year. But we’re better this year than we were last year. So it should be a good game.”

The Bulls’ confidence is backed by a season’s worth of results. That glittering 32-3 record (which includes a road victory against Big 12 member West Virginia) propelled Buffalo into the Top 25 and to a No. 6 seed – highest for a MAC team since the bracket expanded to 64 in 1985 – and to the belief that a first-round victory is expected, and only the start.

“This is a team that was put together to make a run in this tournament, not make the tournament,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard says. “They’ve got it all. They’ve got four or five guys that have been in this tournament and won a game in this tournament and aren’t satisfied unless they make a run.”

Buffalo coach Nate Oats says it helped that the Bulls’ first-round game was played in the afternoon – last year, it was a night game – which allowed them to convene at the hotel after dinner, show video of Texas Tech and begin planning for the second round. And it’s been nice, he says, to not have as much media attention.

“It was a little ridiculous,” he says, “but you couldn’t turn them down because we needed to give the program as much publicity and exposure as we could get. This year, it was expected. It wasn’t like we shocked the world. We were the favored team (against Arizona State).”

And while Texas Tech is the higher seed, the Bulls are no longer so much a potential bracket-buster as a trendy pick to keep advancing. At least, they think so.

“We may be a midmajor,” Oats says – and he uses air quotes – “but we don’t have midmajor players. These kids belong in the spotlight they’ve been in all year. They believe they’re supposed to make a run in the (NCAA) Tournament.”