Virginia beats Texas Tech to win 1st NCAA title

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With 1:06 remaining in Monday night's thrilling national championship game that ended with Virginia claiming its first title, a judgment call on the court was overturned. "Being down 14 against Gardner-Webb, and you did not panic in the moment, and you fought, and you found a way out. You're never alone in the hills and the valleys we faced in the previous year".

Hunter's late-game resolve embodies the metaphor that is the theme of Virginia's 2018-19 season.

Anyone fretting that pitting two of the country's best defenses against each other on the biggest stage might lead to a monumental flop need not have anxious. They combined for 67 of Virginia's 85 points, and all made the All-Final Four Team along with Mooney and Culver. And for a while, it was, until the Red Raiders' thunderous charge was halted by Virginia guard De'Andre Hunter. Kyle Guy, the Final Four's "Most Outstanding Player", turned in another clutch performance with 24 points and played all 45 minutes of the game.

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Sophomores Jarrett Culver and Davide Moretti combined for just 15 points (half their combined season average) on 5-18 shooting. Shortly after, Owens left the game with an injury and Michigan State found some success at the rim.

"The poise, and they just find ways to win".

After falling to the depths of college basketball during the madness of last March, becoming the first No. 1 seed in history to lose to a No. 16 seed, and suffering the scorn of the American sporting public, Virginia rose from purgatory to paradise Monday night.

Led by head coach Chris Beard for the past three seasons, Texas Tech's previous best NCAA appearance was reaching the Elite Eight, which came a year ago. Virginia then went on an 11-0 run. And it's true even if you just hopped on the bandwagon in the final week of the team's improbable journey to the national championship game.

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Virginia would go on to dominate the extra frame as they scored 17 points, to Texas Tech's nine.

UVa won their 35th game which sets a school record. "I don't know of anything else that would allow these guys to handle this situation, to have a perspective and a poise and a resiliency unless they went through something that hard". Virginia led by eight, a monster lead given its soul-snatching defense and time-sucking offense. They'll be joined by a pair of top-100 prospects, and they will have the confidence of winning a series of nail-biters on college basketball's biggest stage.

At the same time, Texas' Italian guard Davide Moretti dropped 15 points on 5-10 FG shooting along with two rebounds in his 40-minute presence on the floor. On the massive video board, NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was shown amid a sea of Red Raiders fans while "Old Town Road" blared out of the sound system, instantly changing the energy inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

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They fell behind by 10 twice in this game - seemingly too much in a match-up between two legendary defenses that allowed way more than the projected total of 118 points - but just kept coming back. "This is everything you dream of since you were a little kid".

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