Otherwise, the only loss to graduation is Jack Salt, a role player off the bench.
With more than 70,000 people watching his every gesture and expression, he calmly sank all three to give Virginia the 63-62 win and a second straight tournament escape. Texas Tech and Virginia are at the top of nearly every single defensive category, and the first team that reaches 50 points might win this game. The Virginia Cavaliers are -1.5 point favorites over Texas Tech in this game. "He scored a career high tonight and what a night to have it".
This marks the third consecutive comeback for the Cavaliers when they trailed with under 12 seconds left in regulation.
Virginia (35-3) led 32-29 at halftime. They showed their heart in defeat, which makes for a bittersweet feeling at the end of the night-but the reason we care about sports isn't because a single championship validates our existence; it's because we can use what happens during the game as a metaphor for the things we care about.
"He's a great player, athletic, he played me well tonight", Culver said of Hunter, who turned in dogged defense. The basket ended a Texas Tech seven-point run.
Hunter made a go-ahead three in overtime to put Virginia up 75-73, and the Cavaliers cruised the rest of the way to victory.
"Just seeing what he did this year, getting the MVP, you've got the MVP of the National Football League talking to your team, so it always gives us motivation and confidence, and just seeing everything he did kind of motivated us to go out", sophomore Jarrett Culver said. "I was aggressive in the first half, but the shots weren't falling". "You know, our relationship is just getting started". The Wahoos are 18-8 ATS in their past 26 non-conference games, while the Red Raiders have covered their past 11 vs. teams with a winning record.
On the surface, it just seems like a matchup between Culver and DeAndre Hunter is inevitable.
They spent most of the game looking like a team that was beaten-according to FiveThirtyEight, Virginia's win probability hovered close to 90 percent for most of the second half-but fought their way back again and again, displaying an uncommon resiliency. When Culver tied the game with two free throws with 2:38 remaining in the half, Hunter pulled up a jumper from the right side of the free throw line to regain the lead. Hunter came alive after quiet first half, finishing with 15 points. It was his only shot in overtime.
"Ty hit me in my pocket", Hunter said. We can be inspired by wins, but we can learn from losses. His first two head coaching opportunities came at the junior college level with Fort Scott Community College in Kansas and Seminole State College in Oklahoma. Texas Tech won its game the next day, prompting coach Chris Beard to expand the cell phone ban.
Or credit Virginia, which has a reputation for suffocating Pack-Line defense almost as fearsome as Tech's.
It was a fairly back and forth game with Virginia and Texas Tech both taking the lead at one point.
They fell behind by 10 twice in this game - seemingly too much in a match-up between two legendary defenses that allowed way more than the projected total of 118 points - but just kept coming back.
The last dance belongs to Virginia!
Though both Hunter and Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver were 3 of 4 shooting from the free throw line in the first half, neither of the coveted National Basketball Association prospects was able to find his shooting touch early on.
Guy is not Virginia's only clutch free-throw shooter, by the way.
In a bid to atone for last year's failure-when it became the first number one seed to be knocked out by a number 16 seed-Virginia has been a team on a mission since the tournament began. When that type of performance occurs in that type of setting, feverish speculation about said coach's future is going to be a given.
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