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

May JohnsonApr 10, 2019

For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name He writes-not that you won or lost-but how you played the Game.

It was a bitter ending for Texas Tech, a defensive juggernaut that grabbed its first lead since late in the first half with very little time remaining in regulation, only to see rare bad defence (the Red Raiders should have surrendered a layup or fouled while up by three) lead to Hunter being wide open in the corner. "You know, our relationship is just getting started". Cavaliers guard Ty Jerome easily dribbled around Odiase at the top. "We just did what we had to do".

Both teams were among the best defensive squads in the country this season.

The one thing everyone seemed to be able to agree on was that no one wanted every single basketball play to be reviewed for possible officiating mistakes. "Obviously, to end the year like this is unreal". But you can't go through the stuff no one has experienced. When that type of performance occurs in that type of setting, feverish speculation about said coach's future is going to be a given.

"I told them, 'I just want a chance at a title fight one day, '" Bennett said. "This was our united pursuit". Sometimes, as the Texas Tech men's team did, you lose.

"You have to give them a lot of credit".

Jerome looked to his right as he came off a screen and saw an unguarded Hunter near his team's bench. "We have a bunch of great players, but when Kyle is making shots, it fuels us on defence". He's a pro. We were dialed in. 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.

Virginia erupted for 85 points in an eight-point victory over Texas Tech that, despite going to overtime, featured just 70 possessions. Guy soon was sent to the line, where he padded the advantage to 79-73. Jarrett Culver couldn't score at the other end, then got a desperation chance after a freakish Virginia turnover but had it blocked to force the eighth overtime session at the title game ever and first since 2008. "I didn't think there was any way we could have won that game", Kihei Clark had said. Guy made a three on the first possession, and a pair of free throws from Hunter put the Cavaliers up 37-29.

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"We came in together and said we were going to win a national championship", Guy said of Jerome and Hunter. "This is a really special group because we shared the same (path)".

Virginia was powered by an 11-0 run in overtime. In late February, for instance, odds for Texas Tech were placed at 75 to 1. This stat might be the most wonderful of the entire tournament. He's also one of the better two-way players. "Winning begets winning in this sport, and it took Virginia hitting the lowest of the lows last March before it could reach the highest peak".

"Coach Bennett tells us 'Don't grow tired in doing good, '" Jerome said.

Texas Tech looked like it might be cooked when Tariq Owens, the shot-blocking anchor of its defense, fouled out with 5:46 left in regulation and his team down eight.

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

The Red Raiders and the Cavaliers are the only two teams left standing of the 64 that entered the NCAA Tournament and whatever the outcome on Monday, the tournament will have a first-time victor.

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.

Virginia started the second half off hot. Francis finished with a team-high 17. Jarrett Culver and Italy's Davide Moretti each had 15 in the loss. Key has consistently seen the most action, averaging 10.2 minutes per game.

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