Virginia vs Texas Tech

 Virginia vs Texas Tech Schedule, Time, TV, Odds And Bracket Prediction.March Madness comes to an end tonight when Virginia and Texas Tech contend for a title in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game.

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These programs have admirably battled their way through five games spread across three weeks to reach the conclusion of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, but only one can have its “One Shining Moment” while cutting down the last nets of the Final Four in Minneapolis.

NCAA Championship Game 2019 Live

It’s shaping up to be a national title tilt for the ages, something fans certainly won’t want to miss out on watching. Before you tune in tonight, however, it’s worth finding out everything you need to know about this Cavaliers vs. Red Raiders matchup by reading this comprehensive NCAA Championship Game 2019 preview.

You can check out a recap and highlights from the journey that both programs have taken to get to the championship game, as well as a complete overview of the upcoming matchup. This includes the full schedule, tip-off start time, television channel and live stream site, as well as an updated March Madness bracket, the latest odds and betting line movements, Twitter reactions, quotes from star players and coaches, a prediction on the outcome from a pro handicapper and much more.

Schedule: Virginia vs. Texas Tech tips off tonight—Monday, April 8th—at 9:20 p.m. ET. Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET.

Television: You can catch all the action on CBS, which is airing the National Championship Game again after a one-year hiatus in which the contest was moved to TBS.

Live Stream: March Madness Live has been the place to watch every game all tournament long and will live stream tonight’s NCAA Championship Game. You can watch on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Android handset, Android tablet, the Amazon Echo family of devices, Amazon Fire tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Samsung Gear VR, mobile web, Roku players and TV models, desktop web, Xbox One, Android TV and Oculus Go devices.

Location: The 2019 Final Four takes place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is the first year that the venue, which opened in 2016, is hosting NCAA Tournament games.

Updated March Madness Bracket: Download the latest printable bracket by clicking here. The programs competing in the 2019 NCAA National Championship Game this year navigated through the South (Virginia) and West (Texas Tech) Regions, while the Midwest (Auburn) and East (Michigan State) victors were defeated in the initial Final Four contests.

Odds: The spread for the 2019 NCAA Championship Game opened with the Cavaliers as a one-point favorite, but has since shifted to UVA -1.5. 57% of all spread bets and 64% of all public money is behind the Red Raiders. The total is currently set at 118 points, the lowest over/under in National Championship Game history, 10 points below the previous record of 128 points set by Florida and UCLA in 2006. The public is split on the total, with 50% of bets on each side. The under is receiving slightly more money at 52%.

How No. 1 Virginia (34-3) and No. 3 Texas Tech (31-6) Got Here

Lightning nearly struck twice when top-seeded Virginia went down by 14 points in the first half during its opening game against Gardner-Webb. You likely recall that the Cavaliers entered the history books in embarrassing fashion last year by becoming the first No. 1 seed to fall to a No. 16 when they were defeated by UMBC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It seemed it could happen again with the Bulldogs surging, but the ‘Hoos collected themselves and exploded in the second half for a double-digit victory.

They parlayed that momentum into a convincing win over Oklahoma in the Round of 32, although things haven’t been easy for the school since the Sweet 16 began. Oregon, the lowest seed team to make it to the second weekend of March Madness this year, gave the Cavaliers a fight until the end, ultimately losing by four in the regional semifinal. Purdue pushed UVA to the brink in the Elite Eight, but a wild game-tying buzzer beater by Mamadi Diakite forced overtime and allowed the team to claw to its first Final Four appearance since 1984.

It looked as if the run would end for Virginia there against Auburn after the Tigers erased a 10-point deficit late in the second half and were up by four with mere seconds to go. A controversial finish that culminated with Kyle Guy nailing three free throws—earned by a questionable foul call with 0.6 seconds on the clock—allowed the ‘Hoos to slip into the national title game, where they now await the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech’s journey to Minneapolis wasn’t nearly as harrowing as that of its impending foe. The Raiders flexed their defensive muscle during the first week of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, ousting Northern Kentucky and Buffalo with an average margin of victory of 17.5 points.

They absolutely shut down Michigan, last year’s March Madness runner-up, in a game many thought would be a back-and-forth, defensive affair. The Wolverines only hit one of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc and had no answers for the TTU defense during a 63-44 blowout. Gonzaga presented the first real challenge for this group in the Elite Eight, although it was ultimately fruitless after the Red Raiders put the clamps on the nation’s No. 1 offense in crunch time.

The Bulldogs attempted a late surge to make things interesting, but some clutch shooting down the stretch ended all hope for the West’s top seed to make the Final Four. Texas Tech matched up with a favored Michigan State opponent in Minneapolis on Saturday, once again proving that defense wins championships by consistently frustrating the Spartans throughout the contest. A sterling offensive outing from Matt Mooney—who tied a season high with 22 points—gave the Red Raiders the points they needed to get to the 2019 NCAA Championship Game.

Virginia Vs. Texas Tech – 2019 NCAA Championship Game Breakdown

Expect a defensive slugfest when the No. 3 seed Red Raiders and No. 1 seed Cavaliers take the court tonight. Virginia has been smothering opponents all season long with its plodding pace and deliberate system, one that produced a defense that comes in at No. 5 in the KenPom.com efficiency adjusted rankings.

While the Wahoos have been locking teams down, no squad is better on that end of the floor than Texas Tech. This unit boasts a historically great defense, ranking No. 1 on the KenPom list by giving up just 83.3 points per 100 possessions. That is over five points better than UVA in the same category and the main reason why TTU has been able to dominate during the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

The ‘Hoos do perform more consistently on the offensive side of the ball, however, scoring 122.6 points per 100 possessions, good for the third-best mark in the nation and nearly nine points more than their upcoming foe. No other team this year was able to put together an offense and defense to rank in the top five of both categories, so it should come as little surprise that this complete Virginia team was able to secure the school’s first ever berth in the national championship game.

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