A Look at the NCAA Tournament Championship

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D.S. Williamson

April 7th, 2019

The Texas Tech Red Raiders easily handled the Michigan State Spartans 61-51 while the Virginia Cavaliers got past Auburn 63-62 in the Final Four Semifinals. Texas Tech and UVA battle it out on Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium for the 2019 College Basketball National Championship. Who takes it? Check out BetAmerica odds, analysis, and a free pick!

NCAA Tournament Championship Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Virginia Cavaliers Monday, April 8th – U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN – 9:20pm ET Odds: Virginia -1.5 (117.5)

Will Red Raiders Continue Their Roll?

No team has been as impressive during the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament as the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders have won 5 games in a row both straight up and against the spread.

They dominated Northern Kentucky 72-57, Buffalo 78-58, Michigan 63-44, Gonzaga 75-69, and Michigan State 61-51 in the semifinals. No team has kept it close against the Red Raiders. If Texas Tech just keeps it going on Monday night, they should easily handle the Virginia Cavaliers.

Virginia Hopes to Parlay Good Fortune into National Championship Win

While Texas Tech has been the most dominant team in the NCAA Tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers have been the luckiest team in the NCAA Tournament.

It almost came down to a last second shot against Oregon in the Cavaliers 53-49 Sweet 16 win. Virginia needed a last second shot to put their Elite Eight battle versus Purdue into overtime. Then, in overtime, a bad pass by Purdue point-guard Carsen Edwards handed Virginia the 80-75 win.

On Saturday in the Final Four Semifinals, a missed double-dribble call and a foul called on Virginia’s three-point shot with .6 of a second left on the clock is how UVA beat Auburn 63-62. Lucky? Yes, but if the luck carries over to Monday night, the Cavaliers could win the National Championship.

Red Raiders vs Cavaliers Betting Analysis and Pick

Virginia most definitely has a shot to beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders on April 8. The Cavaliers only allow 55.5 points per game on average. That ranks first in college basketball. But, a key stat should send this Texas Tech’s way.

Texas Tech’s three-point defense has improved during the NCAA Tournament. The Red Raiders allow 29.3% shooting from the arc on average, mainly because Michigan shot 5% from three in Texas Tech’s Sweet 16 win, Gonzaga shot 26.9% from three in the Elite Eight victory, and Michigan State shot 29.2% from three.

Virginia shoots 39.3% from the three-point line. The Cavaliers have used three-point shooting to keep them in games throughout this tournament. However, unless UVA does something that no other team in the tournament has done, have success against Texas Tech from behind the arc, they’ll lose on Monday night.

Texas Tech’s the play. They should continue the roll with a win over the Virginia Cavaliers on April 8.

NCAA Tournament Championship Free Pick: Texas Tech +1

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