Sports: Virginia Tops Texas Tech 85-77 In National Championship Game
by Christian James
The Virginia Cavaliers have made the 2019 NCAA tournament one to remember.
Last year, during March Madness, they experienced a shocking defeat to the 16th seed, UMBC, ultimately eliminating them in the first round of the tournament. Virginia came back to redeem themselves and compete for a national title, putting last year’s nightmare behind them.
This year, with Ty Jerome, De’Andre Hunter, and Kyle Guy, Virginia showcased a well-balanced team full of scorers. During this years March Madness, the Cavaliers went through all adversity that tested them, but they persevered through these trials. Virginia barely escape defeat against Auburn in the Final Four, with Kyle Guy hitting three clutch free throws to seal the win in the final seconds.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders were definitely slept on this season. Many people would have never guessed Texas Tech to be in the championship for the NCAA tournament. This tough team proved their haters wrong, all season.
This team had many upset wins over the likes of Michigan, Gonzaga, and Michigan State who were all popular votes on teams winning the whole tournament. This team was lead by sophomore breakout wing, Jarret Culver, who has made a strong case of being a top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Culver and the rest of Texas Tech lead their team to the Final Four and championship for the first time in school history.
Both teams were fighting to win their first ever National Championship, so there was a whole lot of attention towards this game.
Kyle Guy came out strong with 10 points, hitting many of his shots in the first half to lead the Cavaliers to a 32-29 lead at the end of the first half. He would be the scoring leader up to the half due to some Culver and Hunter struggling with just 3 and 2 points respectively after 20 minutes of play.
This game would continue to go back and forth, but Virginia seemed to have most of the momentum. This momentum would change when Culver would start to have some of his shots fall. Virginia watched their 10-point lead fall to a three-point deficit.
With under 15 seconds left in the game, Texas Tech held a three point lead, before De’Andre Hunter came to save the day for Virginia.
Hunter hit a clutch three-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 12.8 seconds to go and force it into overtime.
In overtime, Hunter continued to feast, hitting shots and overall destroying the hopes of Texas Tech.
In the end, Virginia would win the game 85-77, lead by Hunter’s 27 points and Kyle Guy’s 24 points. The championship was the first in school history for the Virginia Cavaliers.