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Here's The Beautiful Three That Sent The NCAA Title Game Into Overtime

Here's The Beautiful Three That Sent The NCAA Title Game Into Overtime

She joined ESPN in 2017. Sometimes, as the Texas Tech men's team did, you lose. The title tilt involved two teams that had never played in a championship game. First though, Tech's fans were fired up to hear "Old Town Road", the Red Raiders' locker room celebration song.

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.

After going 1-for-8 from the floor in the first half, encountering the same offensive struggles he has faced throughout the NCAA tournament, Hunter scored 22 of his career-high 27 points in the second half and overtime. Then, they beat Purdue in the Elite Eight when the game looked lost, and did the same against Auburn on Saturday - getting bailed out by a foul call and Kyle Guy's three free throws with 0.6 seconds left. To decide that was a more significant factor for possession than Hunter's action in poking the ball away violated the spirit, if not the letter, of basketball law.

"That's a dark place that I think a lot of us were in", Guy said of losing to UMBC past year. Too much time remained to foul and the Red Raiders sent a Virginia shooter to the free-throw line. It was on line.

"When they came on the recruiting visit, I remember telling them, 'Look, the foundation has been laid by guys - Joe (Harris) and Malcolm (Brogdon) were here and all the guys who went before", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.

"He's a great player, athletic, he played me well tonight", Culver said of Hunter, who turned in dogged defense.

Brandone Francis led Texas Tech with 17.

Hunter quietly made his way through the tournament after leading the Cavaliers in scoring (15.6 points) in ACC play. The game marked the first National Championship to go into overtime since 2008.

One national championship doesn't necessarily vindicate an entire style of basketball, but a better question might be how we choose which styles we think need vindication in the first place. "If you can't see that you got it wrong in 30 seconds, then it's not obvious, so don't overturn it".

Last year, the Wolverines were such a fun group to watch. We had Matt on him.

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Number three seeded Texas Tech was seeking its first title in school history and to become the first team since the 1999 University of CT to go undefeated in its first appearance in the final four.

Kyle Guy finished with 24 points, made four three-pointers and was named most outstanding player.

In the wake of the shattering UMBC loss a year ago, it was often asked whether the deliberate tempo Virginia uses to such great effect during the regular season might not somehow be a stylistic impediment when win-or-go-home basketball is the order of the day.

The NCAA Tournament will have its first first-time champion since coach Billy Donovan won it all with Florida in 2006.

"We embraced it", sophomore forward De'Andre Hunter said.

"They stepped in the moment", Bennett added. I don't know of anything else that would allow these guys to be able to handle this situation, to play through stuff and to have a perspective and a poise and resiliency unless they went through something that hard.

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.

Texas Tech's second possession: same thing.

"Ty hit me in my pocket", Hunter said.


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