/Live: Texas Tech and Virginia meet in the NCAA tournament national championship game

Live: Texas Tech and Virginia meet in the NCAA tournament national championship game

Virginia 12, Texas Tech 6: 11:24 left in the first half

It took 7:22 before Texas Tech had its first field goal – a three from Davide Moretti. But Kyle Guy’s stepback three pushed the Virginia lead back to six. Cavaliers will also have De’Andre Hunter going to the line after the second media timeout.

Virginia 9, Texas Tech 3: 12:56 left in the first half

Virginia has hit some shots. Texas Tech has still not with its early 0-8 shooting. The Cavaliers are on a 7-0, capped by Braxton Key dunk. The field goal came after Ty Jerome connected on the game’s first three. The Red Raiders look discombobulated on offense. They’re rushing shots and making passes into the teeth of the Virginia defense. Chris Beard calls timeout to try and settle things down.

Texas Tech 3, Virginia 2: 15:51 left in the first half

Just as we expected, the defenses are having their way. Texas Tech twice has had to rush shots late in the shot clock. The Red Raiders don’t have a field goal, but lead after three free throws by Jarrett Culver on shooting fouls. Virginia’s Mamade Diakite has the lone field goal of game as the teams are a combined 1-for-9 shooting from the field.

After 66 games of the NCAA tournament, there are two teams left standing.

Virginia – the No. 1 seed from the South Regional – and Texas Tech – the No. 3 seed from the West Regional – face off for the NCAA men’s college basketball national championship on Monday in Minneapolis. 

Both schools are seeking their first title.

Defense is expected to dominate as both teams do an outstanding job harassing offenses. Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver had an off game against Michigan State in the semifinal, before couple of key late baskets. He will be looked to carry the scoring load with guard Matt Mooney.

For Virginia, it likely will be Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome leading the way. Guy, like Culver, did not have his best game Saturday, but his clutch three and then three late free throws lifted the Cavaliers past Auburn.

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