The final moments of Saturday. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)
April 8 at 3:16 p.m.
Virginia and Texas Tech will meet in the final of the NCAA tournament on Monday night, and both schools will be looking for their first men's basketball championship. Here you have everything you need to know about the championship game.
When: 9:20 p.m.
Where: U.S. Stadium Bank, Minneapolis.
TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson).
Current: March Madness Live.
Difference of points: Virginia minus-1.5, as of Monday afternoon.
Probable beginnings: For Virginia, striker Mamadi Diakite and guards Kihei Clark, Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De'Andre Hunter started four consecutive games after Diakite entered the starting line-up in the second round of the tournament.
For Texas Tech, guards Davide Moretti, Jarrett Culver and Matt Mooney, along with big men Tariq Owens and Norense Odiase, started 35 of the 37 games as a group, although Owens' condition is uncertain after an ankle injury. Saturday night.
How they got here: Virginia (34-3) started the season with 16 consecutive wins before the first of two losses against Duke. His only other loss came to Florida State in the semifinals of the ACC tournament. The Cavaliers opened the NCAA tournament with double-digit wins over No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb and No. 9 Oklahoma seed. Then came three closed calls: first a 53-49 victory over Oregon's 12th seed in a game tied with four minutes to play. Then an 80-75 victory in overtime on No. 3 Purdue, highlighted by Diakite's draw in the final moments of the regulation. And finally, Saturday's victory by 63-62 over Auburn, with the margin of victory in three free throws by Kyle Guy with less than a second remaining. That was Virginia's tenth victory against a team rated this season, a school record.
The Red Raiders (31-6) won 15 of their first 16 games and finished atop the Big 12. They lost to West Virginia in the title game of the conference tournament, but have been dominant ever since. Texas Tech advanced through its NCAA tournament schedule: a 72-57 victory over No. 14 seed Northern Kentucky, a 78-58 triumph over No. 6 Buffalo and a 63-44 victory over the No. 2 seed Michigan, before knocking down Gonzaga's No. 1 favorite in the Western Region final to reach his first Final Four in the history of the school. The Red Raiders used a great race early in the second half of Saturday night to move away from the state of Michigan, winner of the East Region, in a 61-51 victory.
Fast facts: Virginia has never played Texas Tech before. . Virginia ranks first in the country in scoring defense, and is the only school in the country with an average of less than nine turnovers per game. . . Virginia is one of only two schools in the country with players from five different continents. (Maine is the other). . . Virginia has a record of 28-0 this season when she leads in half, and 32-0 when she keeps opponents less than 50 percent from the field.
Texas Tech is trying to become the first winner of the Texas National Championship from Texas Western in 1966.. . Jarrett Culver was the first Big 12 player of the year in the school and leads the team in scoring, rebounding and badists. . . Texas Tech leads the nation in percentage defense of field goals, keeping opponents with 36.8 percent shooting. . . Davide Moretti is the second in the nation in free throws, achieving more than 92 percent of his attempts.
They said it: "We know what we're in. We know how good Texas Tech is, so we know it's going to be a dog fight, the coach always says, the joy is in the competition, so we're excited to come out and compete. I can not, I would probably be speechless if we could do it, I'm sure it would mean the world to me, it's what all the children expect and why we work so hard, but as the coach said, the joy is in the competition. " – Ty Jerome, Virginia escort.
"We all have dreams and goals, but that's why we have a caller, you keep playing, you never know when sometimes the door slammed in the face, but sometimes you put your foot in the door and then in the shoulder, and then you can go through it. " – Virginia coach Tony Bennett.
Coach Chris Beard "told us in the summer, I do not know if it was the first day, but it was early." He said: "We have enough in this gym, in this locker here to play the last Monday night." And any of the two coaches is psychic, it could be psychic, because here we are on the last night of Monday. We just believed and believed each other. "- Matt Mooney, Texas Tech's escort.
"Why not us, we have good players, we have a great university, we play in the best league in the country, we won the Big 12 title in the regular season, we are a good team, we have good players, yes, I think we deserve to be here, like many other teams, you have to be lucky, but we did it. "- Texas Tech Chris Beard.
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