The winner . . .
. . . moves on to the Sweet 16. A win by UB would mark their first ever Sweet 16 appearance.
• It is a contrasting style of play between the two teams that will feature one of the nation's top offenses in Buffalo and one of the top defenses in Texas Tech. UB is averaging 85.1 points per game this year, while the Red Raiders allow just 59.2 points per contest.
• With his 18 points on Friday night, senior CJ Massinburg set UB's single season scoring record with 622 points. Massinburg is now at 1,976 points for his career as he is just 28 points shy of tying Javon McRea for number one on Buffalo's all-time scoring list.
• Texas Tech will mark the second Big 12 opponent that Buffalo has faced this year as UB defeated West Virginia in overtime back on Nov. 9 when the Mountaineers were ranked 13th in the nation. Senior CJ Massinburg had a career high 43 points in the game against the Mountaineers.
• Buffalo becomes the first MAC teams to win NCAA Tournament games in consecutive seasons since Kent State won their opening game in 2001 and then in 2002 made a run all the way to the Elite Eight.
• Friday night's win was the 13th straight for the Bulls, which is currently the third longest winning streak in the nation behind just UC-Irvine and Wofford.
• Buffalo had four players in double figures against Arizona State on Friday, including a pair of 21-point, 10-rebound performances from Nick Perkins and Jeremy Harris. It was the first time that Buffalo has had multiple players with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game since Javon McRea and Mitchell Watt did it against Youngstown State on Dec. 10, 2011.
• Texas Tech enters Sunday night's game with a 27-6 record following their 72-57 win over Northern Kentucky on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Red Raiders went 14-4 in Big 12 play this year, losing to West Virginia in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
• Texas Tech is led by Jarrett Culver, who leads the team at 18.8 points per game, as well as 6.4 rebounds per contest and 124 assists on the year. He is one of three players averaging in double figures as Davide Moretti averages 11.5 points and Matt Mooney averages 10.9 points per contest.
• The Red Raiders have one of top defenses in the nation as Texas Tech is fourth in the country in scoring defense allowing just 59.3 points per game this season. They are second in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 36.9%.
• Chris Beard enters his third season as head coach and his 13th season overall with the Texas Tech men's basketball program. He was named the program's 17th head coach on April 15, 2016. Beard elevated the Red Raiders to an new level of success following a 27-10 record and the program's first NCAA Elite Eight trip in 2017-18. The 27 wins are the second-highest in program history. He came away as the 2018 Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year, the 2018 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 8 Coach of the Year, the 2018 United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District VII Coach of the Year and the 2018 John McClendon National Coach of the Year award recipient.