Anybody who thought last year's Texas Tech run to the Elite Eight was just a Zhaire Smith thing and a one-year burst of good fortune had to be surprised throughout this season, as head coach Chris Beard and the Red Raiders rode to the top of the Big 12 and enter the tournament as one of the scarier teams in the country. The Red Raiders are doing it with a nasty defense that tops the nation in efficiency and is so good against the 3-pointer that some opponents shouldn't even attempt long-range shots.
Even more impressive is the fact that Tech plays some pretty productive offense, too, with Jarrett Culver auditioning as a potential NBA lottery pick who can score a lot of ways. Will this production translate to tournament wins?
ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel, and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.