Virginia beats Texas Tech in OT thriller to win first NCAA title


In other words, since it's impossible to win by 1.5 points, Virginia is expected to win by 2 point or more. Data compiled by OddsShark has Virginia as a 1.5-point favorite, while the over/under bar is set at 118 points. The over/under on bruises may be higher. "Yeah", he said, "I know". "I love it. It's great defense". "When you consider seldom can you get a Vikings ticket for $100, seldom can you get a good Wild ticket for $100". "If you have a bad game, you're going to bounce back in the next one".

It was a worst nightmare converted to best moment turn-around in Virginia's first Final Four in 35 years. In 1979, Larry Bird (Indiana St.) and Magic Johnson (Michigan St.) met in the final with the Spartans prevailing.

This marks the third consecutive comeback for the Cavaliers when they trailed with under 12 seconds left in regulation.

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.

Trailing 59-51 with under five minutes left in the second half after Hunter followed a Guy miss with a stickback, Texas Tech looked to be on the verge of fading out with a whimper.

Mahomes' presence on the stadium videoboards got Texas Tech's fans in a frenzy twice, and the Red Raiders emerged from those timeouts with big scoring runs.

However, another season ended Monday night, as college basketball wrapped up the 2019 Men's NCAA Tournament.

The number one seed made light work of Gardner-Webb and Oklahoma in the first rounds, but were pushed all the way by OR in the Sweet 16 round.

Virginia has used the historic loss as motivation all season and is on the cusp of erasing it with the biggest victory in program history.

Hunter saved his best for last as he posted a career-high 27 points, taking over the game like the National Basketball Association lottery pick that he's projected to be.

And then in the semifinal Saturday against Auburn, when Guy got fouled while shooting a 3 with 0.6 seconds left, and calmly sank all three free throws. Ty Jerome added 16 points and eight assists. Hunter came alive after quiet first half, finishing with 15 points.

Not just one offense, where his 27 points were vital in answering an aggressive Texas Tech team, but on defense, where he did a masterful job on Red Raiders' top scorer Jarrett Culver. Three minutes later, after a 3-pointer by Guy and a trio of free throws by Hunter, U.Va.'s advantage had ballooned to 17-7 - its largest of the half. "We could have scrambled at him and ran at him a little bit more, and that might be a coaching mistake, but we were dialed in".