Virginia beats Texas Tech to win 1st NCAA title

Virginia beats Texas Tech to win 1st NCAA title

Javier Howell
April 10, 2019

The season represented an extraordinary quickie rebuild job by Tech coach Chris Beard, in his third season in Lubbock. Bennett, owner of a "Rocky" movie poster of the fighter running up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, said all he wanted was for his players to get a shot at the title "and now we are the champs".

This dropped Culver's slash line to 46.1 percent shooting and 30.4 percent on three-pointers, which won't stir up hype in draft interest. I trust my players. We grew more united, enjoyed every part of the season. However, because it was within those last two minutes, the officials went to the monitors and slowed it down, determining that it had, in fact, grazed Moretti's hand after Hunter was no longer touching it, thus giving the ball to Virginia.

Go ahead, Virginia fans: Time to yell "Wahoo!"

But Tech clearly didn't want to surrender an unchallenged triple. The premier prospect from this Virginia roster, though, is Hunter.

Culver's desperate attempt from the corner was blocked and the game headed to overtime.

"We came in together and said we were going to win a national championship", Guy said of Jerome and Hunter. Culver's close-out out wasn't quick enough to prevent Hunter from setting his feet, squaring his shoulder and dropping in the biggest shot of his career. "So I just knew we needed each other".

On Saturday, Mahomes spoke to the Red Raiders before they left their hotel and were bused to the stadium for their national semifinal game, a 61-51 victory over Michigan State.

The last dance belongs to Virginia! He also pulled down three rebounds.

"We came up short".

"You have to give them a lot of credit".

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As for the Red Raiders (31-7) - the team full of overlooked grinders refused to quit.

On Monday, Virginia had a 32-29 lead at halftime, and would lead by as much as nine in the second half. Virginia (34-3) the standard-bearer in lockdown basketball.

"He always says never get too high, never get too low", Hunter said of Bennett. "I should have rotated".

For those with a crack at bracket pool glory, the key question is whether you should consider placing a bet on the championship game to guarantee you win money no matter the outcome. Kansas' Mario Chalmers left seconds on the clock when his tree tied the 2008 title game against Memphis, and the Jayhawks went on to win in the extra period. "We had won some ACC championships, we've been to the Elite Eight".

Again, U.Va. had what it took down the stretch and wouldn't be denied in its quest to make a 180-degree turn in the NCAA tournament. Texas Tech got off an off-target shot to send the game into overtime, where the Cavaliers dominated, outscoring their Big 12 opponents, 17-9.

During his junior year, Guy averaged 15.2 points per game.

That's why the emotions were so raw afterward.

"He can play all night", teammate Kihei Clark said. "That's just life, though". After Matt Mooney's jumper put Tech up 25-21 at 4:52, Mahomes bobbed his head.

More than once, Beard had to compose himself and rub his eyes while speaking to reporters.

"To battle everything we battled through and come out on top is a fantastic feeling". "And our relationship is just getting started".