UVA wins the national title 85-77 over Texas Tech

Texas Tech and Virginia meet in the national championship game on Monday

Virginia won in its first ever National Championship appearance, defeating No. 3 seed Texas Tech of the Big 12 Conference, winning by a 85-77 margin in overtime.

He clearly knew something because the Red Raiders made it all the way to the Title game. "So he's just been great all year for us and the other teams".

"I think I missed a rotation", said Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney. Culver took over when the Spartans started paying more attention to him, scoring six straight points to stave off a Spartans charge. And then to play defense on them just shows you the kind of player he is.

The 3-point shooting barrage fueled a 12-2 run to put the Red Raiders up 25-21 with less than 4½ minutes remaining, but the four-point cushion would represent their largest lead of the half. Hunter tied the game at 68 sending the game to overtime.

Coach Tom Izzo told us that this was a special team that overcame a lot of obstacles and injuries. 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.

Thirty years later, Bennett turned the Cavaliers into contenders again, but they always underachieved once the calendar turned to March.

"It hasn't set in yet", Guy said in the locker room.

UVa made 11 three-pointers and shot 46% from the field against one of the best defenses in the country. The sophomore forward finished with 27 points and seven rebounds in the win.

It went right down to the wire from there - and only the contentious referee decision in overtime and Virginia's cool heads down the stretch proved to be the difference.

"These young men deserve this championship".

"This is the ultimate redemption story for him after what happened previous year. You dream as a kid to play in something like this", Culver said.

"Last year, it drew us even closer together".

"In terms of my guys, I've never been more proud", Red Raiders coach Chris Beard said. Going through 67 basketball games and condensing them down to the 10 best moments was a challenge, but it was one that we were happy to accept here at FanSided.

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

This is a program that has lived a tortured existence, starting around Christmastime in 1982, when 7-foot-4 Ralph Sampson - as good as they came back in his day - was headlining the top-ranked Cavaliers on a stopover trip in Hawaii, only to get shocked by tiny, NAIA Chaminade. It was Virginia up 32-29 going into the break, the Cavaliers' first lead since the 6:39 mark in the first half. The Cavaliers finish the season 28-0 this year when leading at the half.

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