National final: Virginia leads Texas Tech 32-29 at halftime

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"I don't have the words, man", Guy said to one person as he kept side-stepping and inching his way forward through the crowd. As Tom Izzo put it, "They beat us at our own game". He had his flawless ending already standing amid the confetti with a piece of clipped-down net stuffed into hat. When Odiase made two free throws seconds later, Texas Tech had a three-point cushion and 22 seconds to kill to claim its first national title. "A lot of emotion in our locker room right now, and it's real, just guys that care about the guy next to them". "They were crying, so I couldn't help it". The sophomore made the game-tying 3 point shot with 12 seconds left in regulation, then made another with just over two minutes left in the extra period to give the Cavs the lead for good.

Kyle Guy never let some shaky NCAA Tournament showings scare him away from taking the shots Virginia needed to win a national title. Virginia is 18-8 ATS in its last 26 non-conference games. "I didn't move, really".

With 14 seconds left in the second half, Hunter made a game-tying 3-pointer - from almost the same spot on the floor as the OT bucket - on a feed from Jerome, who had eight assists.

Again, U.Va. had what it took down the stretch and wouldn't be denied in its quest to make a 180-degree turn in the NCAA tournament.

That idea had to shift radically following the performance for De'Andre Hunter in the NCAA Tournament National Championship Game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The nation's best defense couldn't afford to give up a 3, but Jerome skipped a pass to Hunter, who was open on the wing - and spotted up and drained it. Culver missed a 3 with Guy in his face with a second left, and we were headed to overtime. Beard previously had players surrender their cell phones before a team retreat last October, Yahoo Sports reported.

"The game was everything we thought it would be", Beard said. And then to play defense on them just shows you the kind of player he is. We can be inspired by wins, but we can learn from losses.

And Guy certainly was ready to savor the moment when it came. But the third-seed rallied and reeled off a 16-4 run to take the lead late in the first half.

The one thing everyone seemed to be able to agree on was that no one wanted every single basketball play to be reviewed for possible officiating mistakes.

Currently, there are eight states offering March Madness betting. (And yes, he's going to change that photo now). The avatar on his Twitter account, screensaver on his phone, feature a photograph of him in tears, on his knees with UMBC's underdogs celebrating in the background.

Despite this, Culver's title game was hard.

"I see guys do it all the time, and it looked cool to me", he said, "so I wanted the ball and I wanted to throw it up".

The national championship can be won or lost in a moment.

"If you would have told 8th grade me that I'd be marrying you, I'd be hype because I had the biggest crush".



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