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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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Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill joins Hokies football staff to help Justin Fuente, not replace him

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Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill joins Hokies football staff to help Justin Fuente, not replace him

Virginia Tech is coming off a come-from-behind victory over FCS opponent Furman, they have an opening loss against Boston College which was just blown out by perennial punchline Kansas and, because they are playing two FCS opponents this year, they have to find a way to earn five more wins this season to keep the vaunted bowl streak alive. That was the background for Monday’s announcement from head coach Justin Fuente.

Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has been added to the Virginia Tech football staff as a special assistant to the head coach, Fuente announced. With the lackluster start to the season, Monday’s announcement led to plenty of speculation from Hokie nation as to what this meant for Fuente’s future.

Make no mistake, however, Kill is headed to Blacksburg to assist Fuente, not replace him.

"Jerry Kill will serve as a tremendous resource for our football program," Fuente said in a statement. "Coach Kill possesses over three decades of expertise and will be great addition to our staff. In addition to over 20 years of experience as collegiate and high school head coach, he's served as a coordinator on both sides of the ball. He can dissect the game from virtually every angle and will be able to provide his unique perspective on everything from recruiting, to personnel and facilities.

"After Coach Kill spent some time with our staff during preseason camp, it was apparent that he possesses a passion for being involved with a football program on a daily basis," Fuente continued. "I have all the respect in the world for Coach Kill. I'm excited that he'll be an integral part of our program at Virginia Tech and can't wait for him to get on campus."

Kill was the head coach of Minnesota from 2011 to ‘15 and took the team to three bowl games. He also was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2014. His epilepsy, however, forced him to step down. The rigors of coaching consumed Kill to the point that he was not taking care of himself or adequately managing his condition. He suffered multiple seizures while at Minnesota, many of which came during games.

Since then, Kill has served as an associate athletics director at Kansas State, the offensive coordinator at Rutgers and the athletics director for Southern Illinois.

During this time, however, the desire to coach and be involved with a football team never went away. That was really the genesis of how he ended up at Virginia Tech.

According to Andy Bitter of The Athletic, Fuente invited Kill to watch a few of the team’s August practices and Kill provided feedback on what he saw. Originally , his relationship with the Hokies was not expected to go beyond that and Fuente did not intend for a job to come from that, but Kill’s desire to get back into football was enough for him to leave his job as an AD to join Virginia Tech.

"While it was a difficult decision to leave so many wonderful friends and colleagues at Southern Illinois, I am thrilled for the opportunity to join Coach Fuente and his staff at Virginia Tech," Kill said in a statement. "I've long appreciated and admired Justin as a coach and teacher of the game. I respect his penchant for identifying talent and helping young men reach their potential. He has assembled a fabulous coaching staff and roster of talented players at Virginia Tech. I can't wait to help the Hokies in any way I can."

The timing of this announcement may lead to speculation, but Kill’s health will not allow for him to get back into coaching. This is just a situation in which Fuente had the opportunity to help a fellow coach follow his passion and, in turn, Kill will help the Hokies.

Tony Bennett turned down a pay raise because his staff needed it more

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Tony Bennett turned down a pay raise because his staff needed it more

Tony Bennett is one of the few people in sports to be offered a raise and turn it down.

Instead of adding dollars to his current contract, the Virginia men's basketball head coach would rather that money be used for other purposes. He wants additional funding, that would be used for a raise, to be given to his assistants or to help other aspects of the program. 

“I have more than I need,” Bennett said in a release. “I’m blessed beyond what I deserve.”

This past season Bennett lead the Cavaliers to their first NCAA men's basketball national championship. Rewriting UVA's history books, of course, warrants Bennett to be rewarded with a new deal and with it an increase in pay. But in a meeting with athletic director Carla Williams and university president Jim Ryan, where a "substantial raise" was discussed, he turned it down.

“This just does not happen in our industry,” Williams said in the release.

He did, however, add another year to his contract. It keeps Bennett in Charlottesville for seven more seasons.

Additional salary money for his assistants is definitely a huge boost to the program is trying to build. Every year several of the top 'Power Five' assistant coaches are the sought out targets of new head coaching candidates and lower programs. For example, Dennis Gates moved as an assistant at Florida State to the head coaching spot at Cleveland State this offseason. Year-in and year-out, a coach has to expect to deal with staff turnover.

In his 10-year tenure with the Cavaliers, Bennett has turned Virginia into national contenders. Since 2014, the Cavaliers have earned a No. 1 seed into the NCAA Tournament four times, including the past two years. They've also won two ACC tournament championships and three regular-season titles in that span.

Currently, all three of his assistants from last year's championship team are staffed for the upcoming season. His top assistant, Jason Williford, has been with Bennett ever since he took over the program.

This practice of requesting money being diverted to assistants is not new. Jim Larranaga left George Mason for Miami because of his request to pay assistants more money was declined. 

Bennett is even showing further support for the program. He has donated $500,000 toward a career-development program in place for current and former players of the program.

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