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NCAA Tournament Final Four

Virginia celebrating their Championship win

Virginia celebrating their Championship win

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Virginia celebrating their Championship win

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Virginia celebrating their Championship win

Carter Cox and Reece Sherrard, Newspaper Staff

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Another NCAA Tournament is in the books, and an unexpected winner took the top spot this year in unexpected fashion.

 

The NCAA Tournament Final Four games were both close contests of four great teams that all made improbable runs to where they finished in the tournament. Virginia almost lost to another 16-seed in the first round, and nobody thought they would make it all the way this year. Auburn astonished sports fans with the run of runs to beat New Mexico State, Kansas, and Kentucky to make it to the Final Four. Texas Tech made a name for themselves to reach their first National Championship when they beat Michigan State in the Final Four. Michigan State was not expected to make it out of their region because they were in Duke’s bracket, but they pulled off the ultimate task and beat the Blue Devils en route to an ordinary far run in the postseason by Tom Izzo.

 

Texas Tech and Michigan State had a grueling battle ending in a 61-51 Texas Tech victory. Matt Mooney led the way, scoring 22 points, while Jarrett Culver had an off-game with only 10 points shooting 25% from the floor in 33 minutes. Meanwhile, the Virginia and Auburn game came down to the final seconds as Auburn had a four-point lead with 10 seconds to go and everyone thought they had won it. Virginia hit a three, make it a one-point game, then Auburn was fouled, and hit one free throw. A controversial three-point foul sends Kyle Guy, an 83% shooter from the line. He hit all three, and Virginia won the game, 63-62.

 

This eventful game led to another crazy game in the championship game on April 8.

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Virginia celebrating their Championship win

Virginia vs Texas Tech, a showdown between two teams that had never appeared, much less won a championship. Virginia had an early lead, but by the time halftime rolled around, it was 29-32 with Virginia leading as Texas Tech’s bench was half of the team’s offense in the first half. Jarrett Culver had a measly three points in the first half, all coming on free throws as he was 0/6 from the field. In the second half, however, Tech had a late rally with seven minutes left, down seven as Culver had 12 points after the break and teammates Davide Moretti and Brandone Francis finished with 15 points and 17 points respectively. Tech had the lead by three with 12 seconds left, but Virginia hit a late three to tie the game and send it to overtime. During overtime, Virginia outscored Tech 17-9 to win their first National Championship 85-77 and come back from a devastating defeat a year earlier to a 16-seed, almost lose to another 16-seed this year, and surprised the college basketball world with an incredible run to seal their legacy.