Kyle Guy of Virginia celebrates after helping his team defeat Texas Tech in the NCAA championship tournament. The game for the title ended in overtime, the first since the University of Kansas beat the University of Memphis in 2008.
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The advertisers called it the "title of change of all times".
On Monday night in Minneapolis, the Virginia Cavaliers took home the title of the NCAA tournament championship in a dramatic overtime 85-77 loss of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
"This is a great story," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said in a postgame interview. "The credit is for these young people."
It was a great comeback after last year's tournament, when the team from the University of Virginia lost to the University of Maryland, in Baltimore County in an early round, the first time a No. 16 had beaten a team seeded No. 1
When the overtime clock arrived at 0:00, the Virginia De & # 39; Andre player, who scored 27 points in his career, threw the ball into the air to celebrate. The confetti rained, then the winning team cut the basketball net, fulfilling an NCAA championship tradition.
The road to this moment was rocky for both teams. Virginia had to close calls against Purdue and Auburn, and Texas Tech made the playoffs after losing its first conference tournament game.
But both teams showed up with full force on Monday night. So did his fans. Notable students from both schools came out to support their teams, including the NFL quarterback and alumni of Texas Tech University Patrick Mahomes, and Katie Couric, a graduate of the University of Virginia, reported AP.
At one point, a fan threw an omelette, a Texas Tech school tradition, that landed on the elevated court, causing the game to temporarily stop.
The NCAA title game was briefly stopped because an omelette was thrown to the court from the Texas Tech student section. It is not the first to fly and now security is beginning to confiscate a lot. pic.twitter.com/q18K93dTp4
– Oskar Garcia (@oskargarcia) April 9, 2019
It was a night of some other "first". Both teams made their debut in the NCAA championship, and the University of Virginia won its first national title in the tournament. The last time the NCAA had a first champion was thirteen years ago, when the University of Florida beat UCLA in 2006.
And one block from Virginia, the championship game became overtime for the first time since the University of Kansas beat the University of Memphis in 2008, according to NCAA.com.
The teams also matched an earlier record: 21 combined 3 points in a championship game, The Associated Press reported.
At the end of the night, the NCAA announced the team of all the Final Four tournaments; Three spots went to Virginia players: De & # 39; Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy, who was chosen as the "Most Outstanding Player" after scoring 24 points in the title game. Jarrett Culver and Matt Mooney of Texas Tech also made the list.