TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Texas Tech is one of three schools making their first ever appearance in the Final Four.
The Red Raiders took down the No.1 seed Gonzaga on Saturday. Now they face the only team familiar with this setting, the Michigan State Spartans. Though it's been four years since the Spartans have reached the Final Four and 19 since their last title.
On Monday we spoke with Texas Tech signee, Khalid Thomas who picked the Red Raiders as the overall champion in his bracket.
The CSI sophomore had three schools in mind before signing with the Red Raiders, Arizona, Baylor and Oregon. Two of them made the NCAA Tournament and the Ducks advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.
But Texas Tech is the only one still alive and Thomas says they've gotten this far due to their defensive presence.
Thomas said, "I think they're number one right now in defense so you can see they were going to go far. The Final Four is really impressive. I didn't think they were going to make it that far." He added, "to be signed to a school that made it that far is really cool."
At the time of our interview, Thomas hadn't spoke to anyone on the team following their win over the Bulldogs, but says he keeps in touch with Malik Ondigo, a forward on the team.
The Red Raiders and Spartans clash on Saturday at 6:49 p.m. MT. You can catch the game on KMVT.