It’s the first-ever national championship game for both Texas Tech and Virginia on Monday night to close the 2018-19 college basketball season.
We will have a first-time national champion in college basketball on Monday night from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as No. 1 seed Virginia takes on No. 3 Texas Tech in what should be a very low-scoring game.
Texas Tech vs. Virginia NCAA Tournament Point Spread and Betting
It’s the first-ever national championship game for both Texas Tech and Virginia on Monday night to close the 2018-19 college basketball season. If you like high-scoring hoops, well, this likely won’t be for you. The Cavs lead the nation in points allowed per game (55.5), while the Red Raiders rank No. 1 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency and are No. 3 in points allowed (58.8).
The Sports Interaction total of 118.5 is the lowest in modern history for a men’s title tilt. The previous low for a national championship game total in the past 20 years was 128 when Florida and UCLA met in 2006. The under is a slight betting favourite. We might be looking at something like the 2011 title game when UConn won very ugly 53-41 over Butler.
It’s the first time the championship game features two newcomers since Earvin “Magic” Johnson led Michigan State past Larry Bird and Indiana State 40 years ago. It’s also the first meeting between Virginia and Texas Tech. 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.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech upset No. 2 Michigan State in the Final Four, 61-51. TTU’s best player is sophomore swingman Jarrett Culver, who is probably playing his last college game Monday as he’s expected to declare for the draft and go in the Top 6 or so. That the Red Raiders won against the Spartans despite Culver hitting just 3-for-12 from the field was a surprise. Senior Matt Mooney stepped up with 22 points. He’s from Wauconda – that’s making the social media rounds. Not Wakanda as in the fictional “Black Panther” place but Wauconda, Illinois. There is one injury concern for Coach Chris Beard’s club and that’s to forward Tariq Owens. He didn’t practice Sunday and was seen in a walking boot but is expected to play. On the season, he’s averaging 8.8 points (61.5 per cent shooting), 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
It would be almost the perfect story if Virginia won it all because last year the Cavs became the first No. 1 seed to ever lose to a No. 16 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. There has been some talk that UCLA is pursuing UVA’s Tony Bennett to fill its head coaching opening. Virginia is pretty fortunate to be in the final as it should have lost in the Elite Eight to Purdue and then had another thrilling comeback in the Final Four, beating Auburn 63-62 on three Kyle Guy free throws with 0.6 seconds left. If he’s not fouled on that three-point try, the Tigers are playing Texas Tech. Virginia has played one Big 12 team this season, beating Oklahoma 63-51 in the second round of this tournament. Texas Tech beat Oklahoma twice.