University of Virginia fans had a reason to celebrate Tuesday after the Texas Tech Red Raiders Cavaliers won their first NCAA college men's basketball championship.
The teams seemed to fit together perfectly throughout the competition, which was the first title game to go into extra time in eleven years.
At that point, Virginia's salvation arc began to play, and the team quickly ran away with the game just a year after being the first number one in the first round of the tournament.
Videos of both the players and their fans on social media show the aftermath of the game and wild celebrations across the state, as well as the new sparkling national team bus.
Virginia's security guard Kyle Guy, who scored 24 points for Virginia in the school's first title game, was filmed hugging his girlfriend Alexa Jenkins while Mamadi Diakite released a video of the team posing with their new hardware.
Over 10,000 students and fans took to the streets in Charlottesville after watching the game. 8,000 people came to watch the game at the John Paul Jones Arena while thousands more bars were in the area.
Photos of the aftermath of the game captured the excitement of Virginia fans who were celebrating near the school after the last buzzer
The Cavaliars, who had seen a 10-point lead slip and become a 3-point deficit before De & # 39; Andre Hunter scored a 3-game win in just 12 seconds.
He then made another one with just over two minutes remaining and gave his team the final lead.
The win was even sweeter given Virginia’s devastating knockout in the first round last season at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County when the Cavs lost 74-54, which was the first time a # 1 seed against one Seed # 16 had lost in the tournament.
Now, just 388 days later, they are national champions.
Virginia fans celebrate their team's victory in the Final Four NCAA College basketball tournament against Texas Tech as they watch at an intersection near the school in Richmond, Virginia
Students celebrating the game on the street in Virginia on Monday night after their team's historic victory over Texas Tech
"Surreal," Hunter called it. & # 39; It's a goal we started with at the start of the season. We knew we would recover from last year. We have made our dreams come true. & # 39;
After missing a field goal in the first 18.5 minutes, the second year ended his career with 27 points.
Each of Virginia's 34 wins that led to the final, and each of his nearly three defeats, was interrupted by the memory that only the end result would serve as the ultimate testament to whether the Cavs could really drop last year's luggage.
Virginia fans celebrate their team's first NCAA men's basketball title – a year after their impressive defeat by No.16 Seed last season
Virginia fans celebrate their team's first win in the Final Four NCAA College basketball tournament championship
President Donald Trump congratulated Virginia on Twitter after winning the extension on Monday
With a 1-seed backlog, they fell 14 in this year's opening round before the 16th to 16th seed-Gardner-Webb, and a nightmare seemed to be recurring. But not this time.
Then they defeated Purdue in the Elite Eight when the game looked lost and did the same against Auburn on Saturday – they were saved by a foul call and Kyle Guys three free throws, 0.6 seconds ahead.
"I told them I just want one chance at a title fight one day," said Virginia coach Tony Bennett. "That's all I want … you are never alone in the hills and valleys we have faced in the past year."
Hunter's Key 3 in OT put Virginia in the lead with 75-73, and after the teams exchanged possessions, tech guard Davide Moretti crawled for a loose ball on Virginia's end of the pitch.
Virginia celebrated late into the night on Monday after overcoming memories of the historic defeat in the first round of last year to claim its first NCAA men's basketball title
Virginia players celebrate after the championship game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA College basketball tournament on Monday April 8th
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett celebrates with fans after the championship game against Texas Tech at the Final Four NCAA College basketball tournament in Minneapolis on April 8, 2019
Virginia's Kyle Guy (left) and Kihei Clark shake hands after the 85-77 win over Texas Tech on Monday before the championship title
It seemed like a Texas Tech ball, but one repeat showed that Moretti's little finger had barely scratched the ball off. Virginia got possession of the ball and worked the ball in Ty Jerome, which was fouled and made two free throws.
Brandone Francis missed a 3 at the other end and Virginia pulled away – the first time this game felt comfortable from a distance, even after Guy made a 3 to give the Cavs a 10-22 lead of 10:22 procure.
The Cavs left the line in overtime 12 to 12 and scored the last 11 points of the game.
The Red Raiders were a team full of grinders who refused to stop.
They dropped twice by 10 in this game – apparently too much in a matchup between two legendary defenses that allowed far more than the 118 points predicted by sports betting – but kept coming back.
Jarrett Culver made a left-handed spin over Hunter, 35 seconds before the end of regular time, to give the Red Raiders a 66-65 lead.
After Jerome missed a tear at the other end, Norense Odiase was fouled and made two free throws to score 68-65.
The nation's best defense couldn't afford to give up a 3, but Jerome skipped a pass to Hunter that was open on the wing – and spotted and emptied it.
Virginia's strikers Mamadi Diakite (left) and Kyle Guy (right) celebrate after the championship game against Texas Tech in which they won 85-77
Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) and Ty Jerome (11) respond to a game during overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA College basketball tournament against Texas Tech
Culver missed a 3 with Guy in the face and a second before the end, and we had to work overtime, the first additional session in the final since Kansas won against Memphis in 2008.
"I've never been so proud of my boys," said Red Raiders coach Chris Beard. & # 39; This is real life. We'll jump back. & # 39;
There have been several one-on-one matches between the two NBA stars in the last five minutes of regulation and in OT, and Hunter emerged victorious.
He finished 8 for 16 after a 0 for 7 start. Culver, who stayed in his hometown Lubbock to see how far he could take tech, went 5 to 22 for 15 points and continued a cold-shooting final four. He went 8 for 34 on weekend 8.
Both will likely switch to the NBA. Hunter will go there with a title.
UMBC PAYS A YEAR AFTER THE FIRST ROUND TRIBUT TO VIRGINIA HISTORICAL UPSET
When Virginia's players were busy cutting networks after their first national title win against Texas Tech, congratulations poured through social media.
One of them came from the UMBC basketball team who tweeted: “What an incredible season for UVA. It was really a turning point for eternity. Congratulations, champions! & # 39;
It was UMBC that defeated Virginia in the first round of last year's tournament, the first time a # 16 had ever defeated a # 1 seed. And it was this historic surprise that fueled the Cavaliers throughout the season to the Final Four, where they posted the Red Raiders in extra time.
CULVER, TEXAS TECH FALL SHORT
From the Associated Press
Jarrett Culver walked slowly around the perimeter when the last buzzer sounded, a little dazed as he pulled his jersey up to his chin.
Texas Tech's second star could easily have overlooked the scene of his fights.
Culver missed 17 of his 22 attempts from the ground, including all 6 attempts from the 3-point range, and his 15 points were insufficient for the Red Raiders to overcome Virginia's super-efficient mistake in this 85-77 national overtime loss Championship game of the NCAA tournament on Monday evening.
Jarrett Culver missed 17 of his 22 attempts from the ground, including all 6 attempts from the 3-point range, and his 15 points were not enough for the Red Raiders to overcome Virginia's super-efficient offense in this 85-77 overtime loss the national championship game of the NCAA tournament on Monday evening
When confetti fell off the rafters of the US Bank Stadium and signaled the end of Texas Tech's remarkable run through March Madness, two laps further than any other team in program history, Culver went to console seniors Brandone Francis and Matt Mooney before he the court went.
Perhaps forever, at least in college, as he's predicted to be the top 10 choice in the NBA draft this summer. His colleague on the other hand, De & # 39; Andre Hunter, got the best of him with a 27-point performance, largely due to Culver trying to defend him.
Culver, a native of Lubbock, Texas, just a few miles from campus, missed all four shots he made in the extension.
Hunter hit a pullup jumper on Culver with 2:21 in regulation, and then Culver missed a 3-pointer at the front of the rim before Kyle Guy flipped a layup out of the glass to give the Cavaliers a 65-61 lead to be achieved with 1:44.
Davide Moretti and Norense Odiase helped bring the Red Raiders back to a balanced level, and Culver contributed his best game of the game in this final phase, a 360-degree spin dribble on the track to escape Hunter and space to find a left-handed layup.
But he just wasn't fed up with walking around. When star players start cold, they may tend to force shots to catch up on the course, and Culver was largely out of sync when trying to recover.
Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) shoots in the second half against Virginia De & # 39; Andre Hunter (12)
Culver had blocked a dunk from Mamadi Diakite in the first half and twice threw a praise pass into the post for sales. His only success came when he used his speed to find a fold in Virginia's defense that allowed him to get close enough to the edge. The second team, All-American, missed their first eight attempts from the ground and finally got a shot that fell on a pullup jumper, with 11:15 in the second half that cut Virginia's lead 50-43.
The cavaliers can also play defense by wearing this nondescript part of the sport as a badge of merit like the Red Raiders. They had their color wrap scheme in prime shape to match the size of the game and squeezed so many Texas Tech possessions into the final seconds of the shot clock.
Of course, the Red Raiders also had a lot of open eyes on the basket, which they simply did not use enough. They missed their first eight shots of the game until Moretti's 3-pointer broke through 7:20. Their first five brands were actually behind the bow until a Owens dunk remained 6:39.
Texas Tech's biggest celebrity fan, former quarterback and incumbent NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes III, moved his right biceps for the crowd when the camera showed him on the scoreboard during a break, and the Red Raiders had part of his Can borrow accuracy.
The Final Four hero against Michigan State, Mooney, ended the 4v9 shootout with just 10 points after firing just one shot before half-time.
Texas Tech Red Raiders security guard Jarrett Culver (23) forces a jumping ball in Minneapolis on Monday with Virginia Cavaliers security guard Kyle Guy (5)
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