Virginia Defeats Texas Tech In Overtime To Capture First National Title

They spent most of the game looking like a team that was beaten-according to FiveThirtyEight, Virginia's win probability hovered close to 90 percent for most of the second half-but fought their way back again and again, displaying an uncommon resiliency.

In what's likely his last college game before entering the NBA draft as an expected lottery pick, Hunter's late-game heroics will be remembered as the catalyst for what sparked Virginia's first national championship, an 85-77 overtime win over Texas Tech.

The Virginia Cavaliers are the national champions of college basketball after a thrilling overtime victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders last night in a game that went back and forth throughout the night.

Here's everything you need to know about the culmination of the Big Dance. "To be able to hug each other with confetti going everywhere and say we did it, it's the greatest feeling I've ever felt in basketball". To pull off the most awe-inspiring moments against Purdue, Auburn and Texas Tech to cut down the nets on the final Monday of the season.

"This is the problem with replay: [Virginia's Kyle] Guy and Hunter fouled Moretti there if you put it in slo-mo", Ryan Phillips of The Big Lead tweeted. And then to play defense on them just shows you the kind of player he is.

Someone flung a tortilla onto the court during the national championship in Minneapolis on Monday night, and apparently it's not the first time an incident like this has gone down.

Monday's game should be a clash of the titans, as both teams came into the tournament seeded high.


Led by head coach Chris Beard for the past three seasons, Texas Tech's previous best NCAA appearance was reaching the Elite Eight, which came a year ago.

Texas Tech outmuscled Michigan State 61-51 in its Final Four game Saturday night, but saw Tariq Owens roll his right ankle in the second half. "We'll bounce back. I'm just so proud of those guys".

It was the first Final Four and championship game appearance for Texas Tech (31-7), a school that has just one national championship in any team sport in its history. First though, Tech's fans were fired up to hear "Old Town Road", the Red Raiders' locker room celebration song. Virginia led by eight, a monster lead given its soul-snatching defense and time-sucking offense.

Hunter said that he tried to be aggressive in the first half, but his shots weren't falling.

"It's a great story", Bennett said. His final rebound of the game came with just three seconds remaining and the game tied at 68.

Culver got by Hunter to give the Red Raiders a 66-65 lead with 35 seconds left, their first lead of the half.


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