National Champions: Virginia beats Texas Tech in overtime 85-77

NCAA Championship Virginia Tech

Guy scored 24 points in Monday night's 85-77 overtime win against Texas Tech, a match of defensive-minded teams that instead spent much of the game trading big shot after big shot. "Obviously, to end the year like this is unreal". He sank all three free throws to send the Cavaliers to the title game.

"In terms of my guys, I've never been more proud", Red Raiders coach Chris Beard said. Guy had been open in social media posts in the week that followed about the fallout from that game, from death threats towards the players to openly discussing that he had been taking medication for anxiety attacks. On the massive video board, NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was shown amid a sea of Red Raiders fans while "Old Town Road" blared out of the sound system, instantly changing the energy inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

There wasn't a ton of scoring from there, but Hunter's big shot stood up and the Cavaliers got a break as an out-of-bounds call went their way, allowing them to finish it off at the line, setting off a wild celebration after the team's second overtime win of the tourney.

"De'Andre usually lets it come, and that - I think he grew up in a way in this tournament in the second half of the Auburn game, and definitely - and he was getting his shots".

"Obviously a year ago we thought that we could win it all", Kyle Guy had said in the lead-up.

What-if all you want - and Texas Tech fans surely will - but the split second instance was an inflection point that, in the large view, could have played the biggest factor in who was crowned the 2019 national champion. UCLA, at this writing, has a vacancy, and, one might venture to say that, on paper, Beard certainly looks just as good if not better now than Steve Alford did in 2013 or than Ben Howland did in 2003. This stat might be the most incredible of the entire tournament. 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".

Then with 14 seconds left, UVA's Deandre Hunter drained a clutch 3-pointer, tying the score and sending the game to overtime. It was 70-68 Virginia in overtime, 71-70 Tech, 73-72 Virginia and then it was all Virginia.

Jerome's attempt to retake the lead rimmed out, and the Cavaliers fouled, sending Odiase to the line. Guy made three foul shots with 0.6 seconds left, and Virginia advanced.

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Hunter stuck a jumper over Culver for a 63-61 lead.

Senior Brandone Francis and freshman Kyler Edwards of Arlington combined for 13 first-half points and led an 18-4 run to give Tech a four-point lead late in the first half.

Texas Tech's 8-0 run tied the game 59-59. He has averaged 9.6 minutes per game in the four games since.

Virginia is led by the three-headed monster of Guy, De'Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome. He dominated the early part of the second half, while Culver closed it out down the stretch.

Texas Tech's trio of Jarrett Culver, Davide Moretti and Matt Mooney do the most offensive damage for the Red Raiders.

Monday night's game is bound to be one for the history books, as either victor will score a first-ever championship title for its school, according to CBS Sports.

The Red Raiders' head coach has charted a meteoric and indeed historic rise at a basketball program that, before his arrival, had won a total of three NCAA tournament games since 2000.

Virginia (35-3) led 32-29 at halftime.

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