Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Virginia Cavaliers 4/8/19, Prediction & Odds

Ross Houston
April 9, 2019

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.

Hunter drained a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left to force the first overtime since 2008, when Mario Chalmers' miracle helped Kansas top Memphis in San Antonio.

Hunter was outstanding all game.

The current odds for the highly anticipated match up between Texas Tech and the University of Virginia are down to the wire, placing the spread at 1.5 point in favor of UVA.

However, there certainly was sentiment that the Red Raiders were denied a chance to make the ending of the national title game more hair-raising because of an excessively hairsplitting use of slow-motion video.

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. Texas Tech has been the best defensive team in the country all season, and it's never really been close.

Kyle Guy, the Cavaliers junior guard, was heartbroken after their historic loss in the first round last season.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Virginia Cavaliers will compete for the ultimate prize in college basketball tonight.

Sophomore guard De'Andre Hunter's assertiveness early was also huge for the Cavaliers.

Guy is not Virginia's only clutch free-throw shooter, by the way.

The team full of overlooked grinders refused to quit.

An assistant for the Red Raiders under Bob Knight and Pat Knight from 2001 to 2011, Beard has been a head coach in Division I - the highest level in the NCAA - for four years. Their defenders were swarming, and the Cavaliers struggled on offense, punctuated by a Guy travel. They're a great team, just like any other team in the country. Guy had been open in social media posts in the week that followed about the fallout from that game, from death threats towards the players to openly discussing that he had been taking medication for anxiety attacks. The Cavaliers finish the season 28-0 this year when leading at the half. "I just tried to do the same thing in the second half and my shots started falling". After a review, it appears Moretti's right pinky got just enough of the ball after Hunter's deflection that it changed the call.

This year's NCAA men's Final Four had a bit of a different feel to it.

Hunter stuck a jumper over Culver for a 63-61 lead.

Virginia would go on to dominate the extra frame as they scored 17 points, to Texas Tech's nine. Texas Tech won its game the next day, prompting coach Chris Beard to expand the cell phone ban. Then Jarrett Culver made a nice move to the basket for 2 to take the lead back. The Red Raiders will need all eight players in their regular rotation to overcome Virginia. Odiase made both foul shots.

Hunter made the game-tying three, and the rest was history.

Texas Tech (31-6) and Virginia (34-3) are both vying for the first national championship in men's basketball for their programs.

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