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
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
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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