Virginia, Texas Tech prep for one last game for NCAA title

April 07, 2019 10:56 PM

The last game of the long grind of the NCAA Tournament is finally here: Texas Tech, Virginia, a championship on the line.

It's setting up as a clinic on defense. Fans are buying into that billing, too — gamblers drove down the over/under on the game from 121 to 117½ rather quickly after the Cavaliers and Red Raiders won in the Final Four.


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Virginia stunned Auburn 63-62 when Kyle Guy sank three free throws with 0.6 seconds left after a late foul call. Texas Tech grinded past Michigan State 61-51 thanks to 22 points from Matt Mooney.

The teams have another round of practice on Sunday before the game on Monday night. Players and coaches are also meeting with reporters for the last time before the confetti falls in Minneapolis.

Fans from both teams spent Sunday sightseeing in downtown Minneapolis, including taking pictures of the Mary Tyler Moore statue. 

There's no bad basketball blood between the schools, fans are just happy to make it to the big game. 

"They are not enemies, they are friendly competitors and this is all fun," Virginia fan Dennis Lee said. 

"We've seen them the whole time, a little friendly competition but it's been good," Texas Tech fan Maria Humes said.   

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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