Patrick Mahomes gives love to Texas Tech after loss

Mahomes gives 'turnt' speech before Texas Tech win

Virginia showed resolve to bounce back from a 14-point first-half deficit in the opening round against Gardner-Webb, kept OR at arm's length in the Sweet 16, withstood Purdue's best in the Elite Eight and survived Auburn's resilience in the national semifinal.

An 85-77 overtime win against Texas Tech ensured U.Va.'s ultimate comeback after becoming the first No. 1 seed in tournament history last season to lose to a No. 16 seed, when the Cavaliers fell to Maryland-Baltimore County in the first round.

"I think everyone on the team, as soon as the buzzer sounded (last year) and we were done with the press conference, we knew we all had the same goal in mind for next year, and that was to win a national championship", said Guy.

However, guard Kyle Guy - the team's leading scorer - went on to score 6 points, giving the team a 1 point victory against Auburn.

Sophomore De'Andre Hunter, who had forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining in regulation, hit a 3-pointer with 2:09 left in overtime to give Virginia a lead it would never relinquish. Hunter tied the game at 68 sending the game to overtime.

Hunter started the game 1-for-8, yet finished 8-for-16 for 27 points, turning it on late while also locking up Culver, his fellow lottery prospect, who went just 5-for-22, including six misses from three-point range.

The first half was all the game was chalked up to be - a defensive battle. "I'm just thinking this is a dream come true". "Just staying aggressive, that's it".

Texas Tech was led by 17 points off the bench for Brandone Francis.

The Chiefs quarterback had posted on Twitter that he was hoarse after cheering for alma mater Texas Tech all night Saturday.

However, with less than a minute left, UVA was able to seal the deal by making a number of crucial free throws - the team ended up going 12 for 12 from the line in overtime - and even a dunk. What this game turned out to be was one of the best and only the eighth National Championship overtime game in tournament history.

"We came in together and said we were going to win a national championship", Guy said of Jerome and Hunter.

John Beilein said something this season to the effect of, "Michigan and Michigan State basketball are two fantastic programs, show me another state with that level of success".

The only truly satisfying answer to "Why?" came Monday night - and with the confetti falling and the nets dangling around their necks, it all seemed so clear. You probably heard about them being last in the nation in adjusted tempo - per KenPom.com - far more than you heard about their ability to get and convert quality shots. Virginia flustered Texas Tech into long, fruitless offensive possessions.

Virginia (34-3) beat Auburn in the Final Four, while Texas Tech (31-6) beat Michigan State.

And what do you know, Tech went on another run and tied the score at 59-59 on a Norense Odiase three-point play with 3:28 to play. Nothing but respect for their program, their coaches, their players, their fans.

Considering some of the knocks against Hunter previously, coming up clutch like he did with big shot after big shot can really help improve his draft stock heading into the summer. His scoring has been streaky, as he has recorded double figures in three of the five tournament games but only nine combined points in the other two contests.

This is very risky considering there are no guarantees that you'll see the price you're looking for, but if the Cavs do jump out to an early lead, there will certainly be some nice value available to buyback the Red Raiders at better odds than if taking them pregame. 12 of those points were from beyond the arch. Basketball's a game that runs.

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. I'm not even thinking about UMBC right now.

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