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As Texas Tech made its way through the Honda Center corridor Thursday after holding Michigan to 44 points — the lowest-ever tally for the Wolverines in the NCAA tournament — Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” thumped so loudly in the team’s locker room that the doors rattled.

The Philly rapper’s ode to overcoming the odds — “I used to pray for times like this/To rhyme like this/So I had to grind like this” — could be the theme for a program that’s reached the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season under third-year coach Chris Beard.

Now, Texas Tech, which plays the best defense in America, will face Gonzaga, the best offense in the country, in a Saturday battle that could send the Red Raiders to the first Final Four in the history of the program.

For the full story, visit ESPN.com/mens-college-basketball.


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