Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Here's The Beautiful Three That Sent The NCAA Title Game Into Overtime

Here's The Beautiful Three That Sent The NCAA Title Game Into Overtime

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Holding true to form, the Cavaliers missed four of their first five shots while the Red Raiders failed to connect on their first four field goal attempts.

Road closures around U.S. Bank Stadium continueTexas Tech cheerleaders perform for a crowd on Nicollet Mall before the NCAA men's basketball championship game in Minneapolis on Monday. But, Virginia ultimately came through with the first national title in program history. Virginia got possession, and worked the ball into Ty Jerome, who got fouled and made two free throws.

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

Hunter's pair of 3-point shots rescued the Cavaliers after a 10-point lead with 10:24 in regulation time had slipped away.

According to Darren Rovell, the guy did hedge, but we are not sure what he went home with. It made us enjoy each other even more. It was on line.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett credited Hunter for a "great" two-way performance, saying that the guard "saved his best for last" despite struggling to find his shot in the first half. They showed their heart in defeat, which makes for a bittersweet feeling at the end of the night-but the reason we care about sports isn't because a single championship validates our existence; it's because we can use what happens during the game as a metaphor for the things we care about. Culver, who stayed in his hometown of Lubbock to see how far he could take Tech, went 5 for 22 for 15 points, continuing a cold-shooting Final Four; he went 8 for 34 over the weekend.

"This is the problem with replay: [Virginia's Kyle] Guy and Hunter fouled Moretti there if you put it in slo-mo", Ryan Phillips of The Big Lead tweeted.

"De'Andre usually lets it come, and that - I think he grew up in a way in this tournament in the second half of the Auburn game, and definitely - and he was getting his shots". We had Matt on him. His impressive tenure resulted in the Chiefs trading up in the first round to draft Mahomes and after sitting for one year, he earned the starting job in 2018.

Hunter finished the tournament in similar fashion to the way he started.

It's tempting to call Virginia a team of destiny, but that would undermine what the Cavaliers accomplished this season. After trading free throws, Virginia led 65-61. Culver's close-out out wasn't quick enough to prevent Hunter from setting his feet, squaring his shoulder and dropping in the biggest shot of his career. Going through 67 basketball games and condensing them down to the 10 best moments was a challenge, but it was one that we were happy to accept here at FanSided.

Thirty years later, Bennett turned the Cavaliers into contenders again, but they always underachieved once the calendar turned to March.

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