Texas Tech Red Raiders and Virginia Cavaliers meet in the Final of the NCAA tournament on Monday evening at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
The Red Raiders secured their place in the final with a 61-51 victory over the Michigan State Spartans in the Final Four. The win saw Matt Mooney match his season-high with 22 points, while at the other end the Red Raiders defense (that led the nation in efficiency and held teams to under 37% shooting) was typically solid in locking down the State Spartans, who they held to 31.9% from the floor.
Red Raiders’ Coach Chris Beard is on the 12th stop of his career and his recruitment of grinders like himself has proven hugely successful.
In beating the Auburn Tigers 63-62, the Cavaliers pulled off back-to-back miracle finishes in following up their dramatic win against the Purdue Boilermakers in the Elite Eight.
Against the Tigers, Kyle Guy’s go-ahead 3-pointer came off the rim as the final buzzer sounded, only for a foul to be called on Samir Doughty who appeared to make contact with Guy. So, with 0.6 seconds remaining, Guy had to shoot three free throws with Virginia trailing 62-60.
Guy sunk the first two, at which point Auburn coach Bruce Pearl used a 60-second timeout to pile the pressure on Guy, but to no avail.
That added to an already dramatic last few seconds, with further controversy occurring with approximately 2.8 seconds left on the clock, when the Cavaliers’ Ty Jerome should have been called a double dribble.
NCAA 2019 Final Betting Lines & Prediction
With regards to our predictions for this game, the Cavaliers are favourites at odds of -120 with Betway Sports, with the line on the Red Raiders at +105 with William Hill. That looks about right, with the tips being the Cavaliers to just edge home and claim the National Championship.
Pick: Money Line – Virginia Cavaliers @ -120 (Betway)