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MINNEAPOLIS— A new champion will be crowned Monday night as both Virginia and Texas Tech are searching for the first national champion in school history. This is a fight between 2 of the leading defenses in the country. Virginia sports the No. 1 scoring defense in the country, while Texas Tech ranks 3rd.
Both teams had awesome triumphes in the Final Four. No. 1 seed Virginia routed four points with 10 seconds left before Kyle Guy scored six points, including 3 free tosses with 0.6 seconds left, to defeat No. 5 seed Auburn 63-62 No. 3 seed Texas beat No. 2 seed Michigan State 61-51, however it was a one-point game with two-and-a-half minutes remaining. Jarrett Culver, the team’s leading scorer this season, had a hard time for much of the video game, however scored seven of his 10 points down the stretch. The Red Raiders finished the game on a 9-0 run.
The Cavaliers opened up a 1-point favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook on Saturday night with the over/under set at120
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Here’s how the CBS Sports professionals see the game going.
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 1 Virginia
- When: Monday, 9: 20 p.m.
- Where: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
- TELEVISION: CBS
- Streaming: March Madness Live and fuboTV( attempt for free)
Gary Parrish’s pick: Texas Tech has, in this NCAA Competition, already beaten the groups ranked No. 2 (Gonzaga), No. 3 (Michigan State) and No. 6 (Michigan) at KenPom– suggesting the Red Raiders have actually topped three teams better than any team Virginia has actually beaten. And Texas Tech, unlike Virginia, hasn’t needed to get fortunate in the final minutes of any of its wins the method Virginia has been fortunate twice– which is why I’m prepared to type a sentence I’ve never ever previously typed, which sentence is this: Texas Tech is about to win a national champion in Division I males’s basketball. Crazy as it sounds on a surface-level, it’s true. Texas Tech 58, Virginia 56
Matt Norlander’s choice: Let’s get this out of the method immediately: I will not bail on Virginia. I’ve rated the Wahoos as the very best group in college basketball considering that December. The metrics have supported that most of the method. Tony Bennett’s group is yet to play a total video game in this competition, I understand. It’s not been as impressive as Texas Tech, I know. However it’s still got a much better offense, a much better lineup and, though the margins are slim and virtually indecipherable, the much better coach. TTU has the very best defense in the KenPom age, but to ask the Red Raiders to install another huge video game against an elite opponent is a tall task. It should be a great video game, a close video game, most likely a great game. However Virginia will finish the circle and write a memorable story. Kyle Man wins Final 4 MOP and Bennett becomes a national champ. Virginia 59, Texas Tech 56
Kyle Boone’s choice: Texas Tech has actually been the most outstanding group in this year’s NCAA Competition, and it’s not especially close. More impressive: it has actually been dominant by dealing with the highest possible seed in every round other than the national semifinal against No. 2 seed Michigan State. Only once has it not won by double digits. The method this defense is playing, the way this group is coming together, I’m choosing the Red Raiders not only to cover the spread, but to win it directly. Texas Tech 63, Virginia 60