Virginia wins national title

Virginia's Ty Jerome makes a shot against Texas Tech's Kyler Edwards during the second half in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament Monday

"I know he's a young man of faith and he has great confidence in himself, and he's honest, and he's just got it", Bennett said of Guy. He had his ideal ending already standing amid the confetti with a piece of clipped-down net stuffed into hat.

"It hasn't set in yet", Guy said in the locker room.

Their patience was rewarded on Monday when they defeated Texas Tech in the National Title game in overtime by a score of 85-77.

Texas Tech held a three-point lead late in the second half when Virginia star De'Andre Hunter hit a three to knot the game at 68 and send it into overtime.

The 6-foot-2 junior from Indianapolis never let some shaky NCAA Tournament showings scare him away from taking - and making - the shots the Cavaliers so desperately needed. "I said earlier, it's a really special group because we all had the same 'Why?' among other 'whys.' But to share the same one, and to battle everything we battled through, and come out on top, it's a fantastic feeling". The sophomore forward finished with 27 points and seven rebounds in the win. Culver's attempt at a game-winner was blocked by Virginia's Braxton Key. A Texas Tech fan threw a tortilla shell onto the court during a Virginia offensive possession with 4:40 to go in the first half and the Red Raiders leading 25-21.

Virginia steadied to take a 32-29 advantage into halftime and was starting to break away up 53-43 with 10 minutes to play. He never really gets get exhausted.

And Guy certainly was ready to savor the moment when it came.


Hunter gave Virginia an early lead from the foul line before Matt Mooney followed a clutch triple with a jump shot in all sorts of traffic to put Texas Tech up 73-70. He didn't play in the history-making defeat last March, when Virginia became the first No. 1 seed ever to lose to a No. 16.

He had kept that UMBC loss right in front of him, too, in the form of a Twitter avatar photo of him staring at the court with his hands on his knees as the Retrievers celebrated that unprecedented win.

"Kyle, first of all, have you changed your screen saver yet or your Twitter avatar, and what's it going to be?" "We just embraced all those questions".

Hunter made a tough shot over Culver to make it 63-61, and a Guy lay-in had the Cavaliers' lead back out to four.

Coach Tony Bennett has the Cavaliers on top.

The only truly satisfying answer to "Why?" came Monday night - and with the confetti falling and the nets dangling around their necks, it all seemed so clear. "But if you're willing, we'll take a chance.' That's why I mentioned the Rocky poster, I said I want guys who want a chance at a title fight".

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