Texas Tech-Virginia meet in NCAA tournament title game

Texas Tech-Virginia meet in NCAA tournament title game

Virginia 50, Texas Tech 41: 11:24 left in second half

The starters for Texas Tech have been struggling so its been substitutes Brandone Francis and Kyler Edwards that have produced the majority of their points. Francis has 13 and Edwards has 8. But the Cavaliers keep their lead on consecutive threes. 

Virginia 42, Texas Tech 35: 14:15 left in second half

The Cavaliers are starting to ease away. They started with five quick points in the second half, the first three on a jumper by Kyle Guy who leads all scorers with 15 points. Jarrett Culver finally hit his first field goal. And then hit another on a similar drive, The Red Raiders top scorer is 2-for-10 from the field. 

Virginia 32, Texas Tech 29: HALFTIME

It was a highly competitive first 20 minutes with both teams having their moments and also having long stretches without offense. Ty Jerome hits a three with under two seconds left to give Virginia its lead as part of an 11-4 run after Texas Tech had gone up four.

Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy leads all scorers with 10. Davide Moretti and substitute Brandone Francis top the Red Raiders with eight points. Jarrett Culver and De’Andre Hunter have struggled. Culver is 0-for-6 from the field. Hunter is 1-for-9. 

Texas Tech 25, Virginia 24: 3:57 left in the first half.

The Red Raiders retook the lead on a pair of free throws by Kyler Edwards. A Matt Mooney jumper increased the advantage to four. A Kihei Clark stopped the spurt and ended a stretch where Virginia had just one field goal in six minutes. Early expectations of this being dull and boring have been overstated. That said, there’s not a lot of room to maneuver and fast break points are rare.

Virginia 19, Texas Tech 16: 7:54 left in the first half

Perhaps it was early jitters or just a lot of nervous energy, but the offense has started to pick up. Brandone Francis has hit consecutive threes as part of a 9-2 run by Texas Tech. Francis, a sub, leads all scorers with six. Virginia had led by 10 before the spurt by the Red Raiders.

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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