ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was not a pretty game from the fans' perspective, but Texas Tech is more than happy to attend.
The # 9 Red Raiders thrive in poorly-bred affairs and a Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday night against No. 8 Michigan was just that at the Honda Center.
And while the teams came together for 14 points in mid-half of the first half, Texas Tech found a spark in the form of a familiar face.  Davide Moretti – who played in front of his mother Mariolina and his brother Niccolò – scored a total of 15 points in the first half to help Texas Tech to a clear 63-44 victory over the Wolverines.
With the victory, the Red Raiders (29-6), who finished seventh in the Big 1
Much of the credit can be attributed to Texas Tech plays early solid defense and continues driving the track and makes shots Although he did not see the ball in the basket, he was early in offense.
Sophomore Jarrett Culver, who finished with 22 points, turned right, finishing a seven-minute drought and giving the Red Raiders a 6-point lead with seven points. 4 Minutes elapsed in the first half.
The Wolverines (30-7) responded with a lay-up of Charles Matthews who knotted the game at 6-6, but Texas Tech found its rhythm.
Moretti, returning to the game with two fouls, made for a small spark by running the first three-pointer of the competition from the left and the Red Raiders before the break with 8:21 an 11-6 lead gave.
From that point on, Texas Tech was forging a 18:10 run en route to a 24:16 lead during the break.
The Red Raiders restricted Michigan – who went from 0 to 13 in jumps – to a season-low in points and narrowed the fourth opponent below 20 points to half-time.
Texas Tech extended a 12-2 run and built his lead 36: 18 just below the 16-point mark of the half-season.
The Red Raiders continued their hot shootout and increased their lead to 25 before scrapping the victory and preparing another shot for the championship in the West Region] Texas Tech will be in the West Regional Final at 17:09 against the number 4 Gonzaga (33-3) compete Saturday.