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10 April, 2019, 00:41 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Best defense wins Texas Tech Virginia battle for NCAA crown

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For those who wagered on Texas Tech at the start of March Madness, the odds were 25 to 1.

For those still on the fence, it's reasonable to wait a little longer, as KenPom makes this game Virginia -3, so the market could certainly move in that direction and therefore offer a better price on the Red Raiders.

Virginia (35-3) came out swinging in the second half and extended its lead, forcing the Red Raiders to play catch-up.

That raised questions of whether replay was being used for what was arguably its originally intended function - to correct obvious errors in officiating with conclusive imagery - and whether it was fair, in this case, to the Red Raiders.

The Texas Tech men's basketball team took a drastic step of banning smartphones to maintain focus during its surprise run to the NCAA tournament's championship on Monday, according to a report.

Guy and Hunter were part of the All-Tournament team with teammate Ty Jerome.

De'Andre Hunter then drilled a 3-pointer for his 27th point and a 75-73 UVA lead with 1:06 left in OT. "I'm just thinking this is a dream come true". It was on line.

Of course, the question was about defense, as were so many others in the run-up to Monday night's national title showdown, which will pit the ferocious, court-shrinking, annihilating defensive scheme Beard has unleashed on the sport with the classically slow-paced, pack-line prevention scheme mastered by Tony Bennett at Virginia.

The matchup for the NCAA championship game on Monday night is set. Hunter came alive after quiet first half, finishing with 15 points.

But Beard showed if you hand him Lincoln Logs he will construct you a mansion and if you give him Legos he will erect a bridge. But the third-seed rallied and reeled off a 16-4 run to take the lead late in the first half.

Guy also had 24 points for the first-time champions - enough to see him voted the Final Four's most outstanding player after his crucial foul shots sent Virginia to the national title game.

Hunter finished the tournament in similar fashion to the way he started.

Jerome, who had 16 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds in the game, noted the remarkable unity of this Virginia team when reflecting on the win.

Those experiences from the moments they've lived through to get to this point are what allowed Virginia to combat lead changes, deficits and instances when games appeared all but lost. 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. "To be able to hug each other with confetti going everywhere and say that we did it is the greatest feeling I've had in basketball".

162 Combined points, making this the highest-scoring championship game since 2000, when Michigan State beat Florida 89-76.

Hunter missed seven of eight shots from the floor in the first half, but he flipped those results the rest of the game, connecting on seven of his last eight shots. "Does it go away completely?"

Virginia showed resolve to bounce back from a 14-point first-half deficit in the opening round against Gardner-Webb, kept OR at arm's length in the Sweet 16, withstood Purdue's best in the Elite Eight and survived Auburn's resilience in the national semifinal.

"That's a matchup we wanted", Bennett said.


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