As the College Season comes to a close, an unlikely winner takes Center Stage!!!
The Cavaliers of the University of Virginia won College Basketball’s biggest crown last night with an impressive win over Texas Tech University of Lubbock, Texas.
It was only 338 days ago that the same Cavalier team was highly embarrassed when as a #1 seed became the only time in history to lose to a #16 seed in the first round.
But 338 days later, they are College Basketball’s Redemptive Soldiers with a score of 85-77.
De’Andre Hunter scored a game-high 27 points, and Kyle Guy won Most Outstanding Player, adding 24 points.
Virginia got a tough test from 12-seed Oregon in the Sweet 16, trailing by three points with less than five-and-a-half minutes to play before finishing on an 11-4 run to win 53-49. Then, they needed a miraculous buzzer-beater to force overtime against Purdue, withstanding a 42-point onslaught from Carsen Edwards and holding on for an 80-75 win in what was perhaps the game of the tournament.
The Hoos advanced to the title game with a controversial win over Auburn in which Virginia guard Kyle Guy was fouled while attempting the potential game-winning three, inside the final second, down two points. Guy sunk all three free throws, giving Virginia a 63-62 win.
Virginia finishes the season with a school record 35 wins. The Cavaliers did not have to beat any team higher than a 3-seed to win the title, the first time that has happened since UNLV won the title in 1990.