Virginia Defeats Texas Tech to Secure School's 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Title

The video is better still when you make sure to catch Mahomes' teammate, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who's also ready to celebrate the moment with his quarterback. They just won a school-record 35 games and capped it all off by hoisting the national championship trophy on Monday night.

Go ahead, Virginia fans: Time to yell "Wahoo!"

The title game is set for Monday night. Sure, Virginia's stifling defense impacted this line, but for one last game before the NBA, it marked a disappointing night on college basketball's biggest stage.

The Virginia Cavaliers took home their first ever national title after beating the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 85-77, in a closely contested affair that went to overtime.

But while the mood in Lubbock might not be celebratory as Monday turns to Tuesday, when the disappointment fades there will be a lot to recall fondly when considering this season-and even this final game, unsatisfying conclusion aside.

Two nights after beating Auburn in the closing seconds, and a week after going to the Final Four off an overtime buzzer beater, Virginia came up with yet another miracle to defeat Texas Tech.

Virginia came into March Madness as the top-ranked team, while Texas Tech ranked third.

Monday night's game is bound to be one for the history books, as either victor will score a first-ever championship title for its school, according to CBS Sports.

"The game was everything we thought it would be", Beard said. "Three-point lead, we don't want to give up a three".

All of this is the point of sports. A team and its incredible refusal to go away.

Typically glacial in terms of tempo in the early going, both teams got off to a less-than-scintillating start on the offensive end, but Texas Tech couldn't find any open shots against U.Va.'s pack-line defense.

There are championships to celebrate in Texas.

Fast forward to 2019, Virginia was back in the NCAA Tournament again as a No. 1 seed.

In any event, the episode conjured memories of Virginia's win in the national semifinal over Auburn, in which a pair of officiating decisions loomed large.

"When you can get into the championship game of college basketball for $100 or $200 dollars, it's pretty affordable", Michael Nowakowski, with TicketKing, said. A win in the consolation tournament could fire up UT for the 2019-20 season. "It's a great win for our coach, and we're happy to be here". "Mindset was just five-minute game - we practice it every day".

The Red Raiders lost, but they played with dignity and resolve.

"It's a great story", Bennett said. Sometimes, as the Lady Bears did, you win.

"We felt like we had momentum, we came back from about 10", Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver said.

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