With just 10 seconds left on the clock, Virginia looked like they were in trouble, as they trailed Auburn by four points.
Hunter's late-game resolve embodies the metaphor that is the theme of Virginia's 2018-19 season. When Culver tied the game with two free throws with 2:38 remaining in the half, Hunter pulled up a jumper from the right side of the free throw line to regain the lead.
"I hope that it's a message for some people out there that there can be hope and joy and resiliency, " said Virginia coach Tony Bennett, whose father Dick, the coach who wrote the book on stifling man-to-man defense, was in the crowd.
The team then went on to face No. 12 seed OR in the Sweet 16, winning the game 53-49, before triumphing over No. 3 seed Purdue in an Elite Eight game that ended in an 80-75 overtime victory. But soon, time will give the Spartans perspective on what they have accomplished and what a special team they were. "I felt like I had an open shot so I shot it". They were unranked to start the season, then won the Big Ten Tournament title, sweeping rival Michigan State in two meetings. The final score ended 85-77, and the Cavaliers were champs.
If you had bet on the Red Raiders earlier on during the regular season, you could be in for an even bigger payout. Their defenders were swarming, and the Cavaliers struggled on offense, punctuated by a Guy travel. The Cavaliers will get everyone's best shot every night out - if they didn't already.More news: Hundreds of millions of Facebook records exposed on Amazon cloud servers
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With Texas Tech's primary options in a funk, Francis was a one-man gang for critical stretches and Culver heated up in the second half.
Despite Texas Tech opening the game by missing its first nine shots from the floor, U.Va.'s lead was just 9-3 with 12:40 left in the first half.
The Cavaliers led 59-53 as Jerome called a timeout with 4:47 to go.
According to Viva The Matadors, the act of tossing tortillas onto courts and fields is actually a Texas Tech tradition, so many Texas Tech fans were not the least bit surprised. Clark - him again - answered with a tying 3-pointer. He sank all three free throws to send the Cavaliers to the title game.
8 Championship games to go to OT.
A school in a state better known for football - NFL MVP and former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes was in attendance Saturday and Monday and spoke to the team - Texas Tech and its Red Raiders have made a swift ascension on the hardwood. Junior guard Ty Jerome could join him in declaring for the draft, though he is considered a fringe first-rounder. He made both, putting the Red Raiders up three.