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March Madness 2019: How to Watch Virginia vs. Texas Tech, TV channel, time, live stream

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March Madness 2019: How to Watch Virginia vs. Texas Tech, TV channel, time, live stream

Once the Big Dance begins, team records are meaningless. Sixty-eight different squads are put on an even playing field, and the final score is all that matters.

The Virginia Cavaliers learned that the hard way in 2018 as the No. 1 overall seed in a 20-point loss, falling to the No. 16 seeded UMBC Retrievers in the Round of 64; the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament. 

While some teams look to forget after facing agonizing defeat and move on and hope for the best, others grab hold of difficult memories and use those experiences as fuel to reach new heights, as steppings stone to show how far they have come.

The Cavaliers entered the 2019 Tournament once again as a top seed, and while some assumed this year's squad would be an early out, Tony Bennett and his team are now are 40 minutes from their first NCAA Championship victory in school history.

Led by junior guard Kyle Guy—who made headlines prior to the Final Four over a misunderstanding with the NCAA in regards to whether or not he and his fiancee were able to have a wedding registry and whether that would affect his eligibilty—singlehandedly willed this group Saturday evening after drawing contact on a corner three-point attempt with less than a second remaining in regulation and his team down by two points.

Auburn's Samir Doughty made contact after Guy released the shot, leading to a whistle, three free throws all swishing through the net, sending the the Cavaliers to the title game, and placing a memory in every Auburn fans mind that most will never forget.

Their opponent, the Red Raiders of Texas Tech, will be competing for their first NCAA Championship in school history as well.

Chris Beard's squad, led by sophomore guard Jarrett Culver and grad-transfer Matt Mooney, have willed this group from Lubbock all the way to Minneapolis.

The Red Raiders did this by upsetting three heavyweights in the process and putting their program on the map, taking down the top two squads in the Big Ten as well as an impressive Gonzaga squad that many pegged as the tourney favorite. 

This is going to be a matchup that you do not want to miss.

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 3 Texas Tech How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship

Who: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 3 Texas Tech

When: 9:20 p.m. ET on Monday, April 8

Where: U.S Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

TV Channel: CBS

Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Jim Nantz/ Grant Hill / Bill Raftery // Tracy Wolfson

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops@TexasTechMBB

Virginia vs. Texas Tech Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: 

Virginia: defeated No. 16 Gardner Webb, 71-56, defeated No. 9 Oklahoma, 63-51, defeated No 12. Oregon, 53-49, defeated No. 3 Purdue, 80-75, defeated No. 5 Auburn, 63-62.

Texas Tech: defeated No. 14 Northern Kentucky, 72-57, defeated No. 6 Buffalo, 78-58, defeated No. 2 Michigan, 63-44, defeated No. 1 Gonzaga, 75-69, defeated No. 2 Michigan State, 61-51.

Virginia vs. Texas Tech Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Odds: Virginia -1.5
Over/Under: 118.5
Money Line: Virginia (-121), Texas Tech (+101)
Against The Spread: Virginia (2-3), Texas Tech (5-0)

Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag

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Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

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Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

The Maryland Terrapins just added a huge piece to their 2019 recruiting class. Literally. 

The Terps officially signed 7-foot-1 center Chol Marial (AZ Compass Prep, Chandler, Arizona), the team announced Monday. 

Depending on who you ask, Marial is either a three-star, 210-pound or a four-star, 220-pound recruit (247Sports, ESPN), but he's unquestionably taller than seven feet. He also has a 7-foot-11 wingspan that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expects will make him "an excellent rim protector."

"I've watched Chol the last three years and I can't say enough about him as both a person and a basketball player," Turgeon said in a release from Maryland, which lists Marial at 7-foot-2 and 230 pounds. 

"One of the top players in his class when healthy, Chol's tremendous size and length make him an excellent rim protector. Chol possesses a humble demeanor and a strong work ethic that will fit well with our family. We can't wait to have him in College Park and look forward to helping him reach his dreams."

Originally from Rumbek, South Sudan, Marial moved to the U.S. as a middle-schooler in 2014. He also previously attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

ESPN ranks Marial as the No. 2 center in Arizona and the No. 14 center nationally, while 247Sports says he's No. 6 and No. 26 in those two respective categories.

He visited Maryland on April 26, according to 247Sports, and also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa, UConn and West Virginia.

"I want to thank Coach Turgeon for giving me this opportunity," Marial said in a release from the school. "Coach Turgeon and I have gotten along really well and I really enjoyed spending time with the rest of the coaching staff and players. Bruno Fernando and I have similar backgrounds and I saw how much he improved as a player at Maryland. I'm looking forward to getting better every day and playing for Terp Nation."

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2019 NBA Draft Big Board 4.0: North Carolina's Coby White, Indiana's Romeo Langford heading in opposite directions

2019 NBA Draft Big Board 4.0: North Carolina's Coby White, Indiana's Romeo Langford heading in opposite directions

Ideally, the Washington Wizards get lottery lucky.

There is the basketball and business dream only Zion Williamson's supernatural gifts could fill.

Murray State’ Ja Morant would provide an electric charge with the injured John Wall idling.

Those fantastical visions, while tangible, do not reflect reality.

Targeting North Carolina scoring dynamo Coby White with their projected slot does.

The 6-foot-5’s rise up draft boards began during the college basketball season. It continues even weeks after the Tar Heels’ campaign concluded.

“I like White a lot,” is what an NBA scout told NBC Sports Washington this week. The sentiment reflects an overwhelmingly positive view on the freshman from league-wide sources.

The Wizards, who enter the May 14 NBA Draft lottery with the sixth-best overall odds of landing the first selection, need to jump up for those Williamson and Morant. There is a 37.2 percent chance of landing a top-four selection. Simply having stronger asset capital would help the yet-to-be-determined general manager.

Landing White seems more and more like a viable fallback.

The all-time leading scorer among boy’s high school players in the state of North Carolina, White averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 35 games for the Tar Heels while shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc.

With his lead guard skills and size to play on the wing, there is a positional case that White is a better fit for the Wizards long-term than Morant. White could play alongside Bradley Beal and John Wall whenever the five-time All-Star returns from his Achilles injury.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Morant is strictly a point guard, but also the higher-projected talent. Passing on him, even with Wall’s presence, would be the wrong approach.

Duke guard R.J. Barrett joins Williamson and Morant as the consensus top three selections more than a month out from the June 20 NBA Draft. There is little agreement with prospects 4-8, though the draft lottery will certainly help shape the order. Based on the new draft lottery rules, the Wizards could pick 1-4 or 6-10 depending on how the ping-pong balls bounce.

Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, Duke’s Cam Reddish, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and White typically make up the pool of players immediately outside the top three. White’s insurgent freshman campaign thrust him into the tier.

Maybe there becomes a point where White’s rising rank leads to some brush back. We’re not there yet.

Check out more discussion on White, Zion Williamson and the 2019 NBA Draft on the latest episode of the "Wizards Talk" podcast.

 *Texas’ Jaxson Hayes, Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, Oregon’s Bol Bol, and international prospect Sekou Doumbouya are the current best bets to enter the 4-8 discussion. Bol’s truncated freshman season factored into a diminished evaluation, but there’s a turnaround in play, a Western Conference scout told NBC Sports Washington even after out previous love-hate relationship article on the 7-foot-2 forward.

*Indiana shooting guard Romeo Langford entered the NBA Draft pool following his freshman season. The sense from scouts is he’s exiting lottery selection talk. One scout told NBA Sports Washington Langford is "dropping." Another said he would be flabbergasted if his organization considered the 6-foot-6 guard with a wonky jump shot in the top 10-14 selections. Langford averaged 16.5 points per game, but shot 28 percent on 3-pointers. Individual workouts and the upcoming NBA Combine offer chances to turn heads and momentum.

*Maryland sophomore Bruno Fernando officially kept his name in the NBA Draft pool this week. According to a source, the 6-foot-10 center signed with Priority Sports and Entertainment, the same agency that represents Wizards’ Bradley Beal and Jabari Parker. Fernando finished his Maryland career ranked second in program history in field goal percentage (.595) and 10th in rebounds per game (8.7).

1. Zion Williamson, PF, Duke

2. Ja Morant, PG, Murray State

3. RJ Barrett, SG, Duke

4. De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia

5.  Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech

6. Cam Reddish, SF, Duke

7. Coby White, SG, UNC

8. Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt

 9. Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga

10. Bol Bol, PF, Oregon

11. Sekou Doumbouya, PF, International

12. Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas

13. PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky

14. Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC

15. Nassir Little, SF, UNC

16. Keldon Johnson, SF, Kentucky

17. Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga

18. Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky

19. Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee

20. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Va. Tech

21. Cameron Johnson, PF, UNC

22. Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana

23.  Goga Bitadze, C, International

24. KZ Okpala, SG. Stanford

25. Ty Jerome, SG, Virginia

26. Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland

27. Carsen Edwards, SG/PG, Purdue

28. Eric Paschall, PF, Villanova

29. Luguentz Dort, SG, Arizona State

30. Louis King, F, Oregon

Next up: Matisse Thybuille, SF, Washington; Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Iowa State; Admiral Schofield, SF, Tennessee; Daniel Gafford, C; Arkansas; Shamorie Ponds, G, St. John’s

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