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CBB : ATS Matchup
Monday 4/8/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore




TEXAS TECH (31 - 6) vs. VIRGINIA (34 - 3)
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Monday, 4/8/2019 9:20 PM
NCAA Tournament - Championship Game - US Bank Stadium - Minneapolis, MN
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TEXAS TECH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-6+6.420-1615-2172.634.047.0%34.058.827.736.8%32.6
Road Games14-5+0.912-78-1069.129.944.5%32.962.329.339.1%35.2
Last 5 Games5-0+5.85-01-469.829.046.3%33.255.825.036.4%35.8
TEXAS TECH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)72.634.026-5547.0%7-2036.6%13-1872.9%34813177125
vs opponents surrendering69.432.725-5842.6%7-2233.5%13-1870.2%35913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)69.129.925-5544.5%7-1934.4%13-1775.8%33712178125
Stats Against (All Games)58.827.720-5336.8%6-2129.3%13-1968.9%33910196162
vs opponents averaging73.134.426-5844.6%8-2234.4%14-2069.7%36914177134
Stats Against (Road Games)62.329.321-5539.1%6-2230.0%13-1968.7%35911177152

VIRGINIA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games34-3+13.825-1217-2071.134.647.4%34.755.526.138.4%29.6
Road Games19-2+1215-610-1168.732.147.0%34.157.828.240.2%31.0
Last 5 Games5-0+42-31-466.029.645.0%35.058.628.241.2%29.0
VIRGINIA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)71.134.626-5447.4%8-2139.3%11-1673.9%3581414694
vs opponents surrendering69.232.324-5842.1%8-2333.1%13-1870.8%35913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)68.732.126-5547.0%8-2236.6%9-1468.2%3481314584
Stats Against (All Games)55.526.120-5238.4%6-2228.7%9-1466.0%3079165113
vs opponents averaging7334.426-5944.1%8-2333.9%14-1971.3%36913176124
Stats Against (Road Games)57.828.222-5440.2%7-2229.1%8-1266.4%31810144103
Average power rating of opponents played: TEXAS TECH 81.8,  VIRGINIA 81.2
TEXAS TECH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/27/2019OKLAHOMA ST84-80W-15L126.5O28-6741.8%44726-6440.6%3411
3/2/2019@ TCU81-66W-4W136O33-5856.9%331224-6238.7%3012
3/9/2019@ IOWA ST80-73W-2.5W137O28-6543.1%37924-5444.4%3514
3/14/2019*W VIRGINIA74-79L-12.5L137.5O26-5745.6%301526-6738.8%4417
3/22/2019*N KENTUCKY72-57W-13W135.5U28-5352.8%311123-6237.1%3917
4/6/2019*MICHIGAN ST61-51W2W134U22-5143.1%30715-4731.9%3611

VIRGINIA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/18/2019@ VIRGINIA TECH64-58W-5W118O23-5046.0%311323-5839.7%288
2/23/2019@ LOUISVILLE64-52W-5.5W124.5U26-5646.4%39517-5530.9%285
2/27/2019GEORGIA TECH81-51W-19W120O30-5455.6%41821-5637.5%217
3/4/2019@ SYRACUSE79-53W-6W121O28-5154.9%351119-5733.3%3310
3/14/2019*NC STATE76-56W-11.5W131.5O25-4852.1%33919-4938.8%299
3/15/2019*FLORIDA ST59-69L-8.5L122.5O22-5341.5%20826-4656.5%3513
3/22/2019*GARDNER WEBB71-56W-22.5L128U28-5451.9%351522-5044.0%2116
4/8/2019*TEXAS TECH              
TEXAS TECH: Last season: 27-10, reached NCAA Elite Eight for first time in school history
Nickname: Red Raiders
Coach: Chris Beard
Conference: Big 12
Who's gone: Keenan Evans, Zhaire Smith, Niem Stevenson, Zach Smith, Tommy Hamilton IV and Justin Gray.
Who's back: Jarrett Culver is a 6-5 sophomore guard from Lubbock who is the only one of Tech's top six scorers back from last season. Beard said Culver, who averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds a game last season, has a chance to be one of the top players in college basketball. Brandone Francis is a senior guard who started his career at Florida. Senior center Norense Odiase started 29 of 37 games last season.
Who's new: Graduate transfers Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens, who are both eligible to play immediately. Mooney is the first-team shooting guard from the Summit League, where he averaged 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season at South Dakota. Owens is a 6-10 post player who had a Big East-leading 2.8 blocks per game last season.
The Skinny: After making it to the Elite Eight for the first time last season and being the Big 12 runner-up, the Red Raiders lost a lot of scoring from a year ago. The Red Raiders will depend on hometown player Culver and the two graduate transfers.
Expectations: Las Vegas oddsmakers list Texas Tech as 70-1 to win the NCAA Tournament. The only Big 12 teams with better odds are league favorites Kansas at 17-2 and West Virginia at 30-1.
VIRGINIA: Last season: 31-3, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
Nickname: Cavaliers
Coach: Tony Bennett, 10th season
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Who's gone: G Devon Hall and F Isaiah Wilkins
Who's back: G Kyle Guy (14.1 ppg, 83 3-pointers) was the team's leading scorer and joins point guard Ty Jerome (10.6 ppg, 132 assists) as one of the nation's top backcourt tandems. F De'Andre Hunter returns from a late-season wrist injury as the ACC's top sixth man last year (9.2 ppg in just 19.9 mpg) and F Jack Salt anchors a defense that is always one of the nation's best. Fs Mamadi Diakite and Jay Huff have shown flashes of brilliance, but will need to offer more consistency at both ends.
Who's new: Alabama transfer Braxton Key could be a huge addition if he returns to his freshman year form when he averaged 12 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Crimson Tide. Slowed by a knee injury, his numbers were cut almost in half, but at 6-foot-8, he should be a valued rebounding addition, too.
The Skinny: The Cavaliers may have topped their Ralph Sampson lost to Chaminade legacy last season by becoming the first No. 1 seed, and the overall No. 1 seed at that, to lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Bennett has said it's important to remember the feeling, but also their historic success and move forward. Bennett's team have largely underachieved in the tournament, reaching just one Elite Eight and one Sweet 16, a lack of success that has to haunt on some level.
Expectations: The Cavaliers are ranked fifth to start the season and picked second behind Duke in the ACC. With much veteran experience, they should again be able to give the young but talented Blue Devils a run for the ACC regular season and tournament titles.
Virginia, Texas Tech fight for first national title

MINNEAPOLIS -- A first-time college basketball national champion will emerge when Texas Tech and Virginia square off Monday in the NCAA Tournament national championship game.

For two teams unfamiliar with this stage, the idea of cutting down the nets at U.S. Bank Stadium is becoming more than a dreamscape.

"Why not us?" Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. "We've got good players. We've got a great university. We play in arguably the best league in the country. We won the Big 12 regular-season title. We're a good team. We've got good players. Yeah, I think we deserve to be here, as do a lot of other teams. You've got to get fortunate, but we did. I'm looking forward to coaching these guys on Monday night."

Texas Tech (31-6) is attempting to become the first team since UConn in 1999 to run that table in its first Final Four appearance. The Red Raiders smothered Michigan State 61-51 in Saturday's national semifinal.

Virginia (34-3) was in the 1984 Final Four but Saturday's dramatic last-second escape against Auburn provided the long-awaited return trip. It's also the culmination of a redemption tour that began last March 16, when the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers were on the wrong side of history: a 74-54 loss to No. 16 seed UMBC.

"It's a great story. It is," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.

"After the UMBC game, we sat in the holding area after that loss, and I said, we're not going to put up Isaiah (Wilkins) or Devon (Hall), our two seniors. Ty (Jerome) and Kyle (Guy), we're going to be up there, and that's going to be one of the hardest things, facing that press conference, but it starts now. It's going to mark something," Bennett said. "I said, we're going to get through this, but you guys need to be up there with me, and we need to go through this, and we need to go through next year together. We need each other. I knew it was going to be such an important time in our lives no matter how it played out. ... And now to sit with them here brings great joy to my heart, it really does."

Guy played hero for Virginia on Saturday, making a 3-pointer in the corner, and after Auburn's Jared Harper missed one of two free throws, Jerome got the ball to Guy in the opposite corner for a game-winning try. A foul was called on Samir Doughty in the act of shooting, and Guy hit all three at the foul line to seal the game with 0.6 seconds on the clock.

"I've been pinching myself the whole time I've been in Minneapolis because it doesn't really feel real," Guy said Saturday. "But I'm just so happy right now, so proud of -- (Jerome) played freakin' phenomenal. 21, 9, and 6 (points, rebounds and assists) -- he carried us through this game."

Texas Tech advanced to the Elite Eight in 2018 and lost to eventual national champion Villanova. With four new starters, including graduate transfer Matt Mooney at point guard and 6-10 Tariq Owens, the Red Raiders are on the verge of claiming their own trophy.

That's in great part a credit to Mooney, who tied a season high with 22 points and delivered big shots while Big 12 Player of the Year Jarrett Culver dealt with foul trouble. Mooney, from the far northwest Chicago suburb of Wauconda, is on his third college -- he spent his freshman year at Air Force and then attended South Dakota.

"I can't explain it, man. It's been a heck of a journey," Mooney said. "A lot of people have helped me get to this point, have helped me along the way. You know, this is -- I'm living the dream right now. I'm so grateful I got another opportunity."

If there's a common denominator between the title contenders, defense is the calling card. Virginia and Texas Tech rank in the top three in defensive efficiency.

Duke beat Texas Tech 69-58 on Dec. 20. The Blue Devils also handed Virginia two of its three losses -- 72-70 on Jan. 19 at Duke, and 81-71 in the rematch Feb. 9.

Blue Devils freshman Zion Williamson faced both teams this season and while he refused to pick a team to win the Final Four, he offered a first-hand breakdown of each.

"The thing about Virginia was how they could control the pace of the game. I don't think I've ever seen them frustrated. So they control the game very well," Williamson said.

And Texas Tech?

"Texas Tech, their defense, I mean, they took like nine, 10 charges against us ... their defense was probably the best I played against," Williamson said.

--By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/16/2019 2:22:52 PM EST

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