March Madness 2019 comes to a close


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The Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders on April 8th for the championship title.

Starting with 68 teams down to the final one, March Madness has met its end. The 2019 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball title holders are the Virginia Cavaliers with the final game of March Madness being played last night, April 8th, in our home state.

Both Texas Tech and Virginia played a hard-fought game at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Texas Tech entered the tournament with the number three seed for the West, and Virginia entered the tournament with the number one seed for the South. Texas Tech beat out Michigan State with a 61 to 51 win to enter the championship game. Meanwhile, Virginia barely beat the fifth-seeded college Auburn to play in the championship game by winning 63 to 62.

It’s called March Madness, not March Predictable.”

— Anonymous

Before we go into detail about the final game, let’s go over some background information. March Madness is a must-watch event for all the sports lovers. Fans have been following the event since the beginning round on the 22nd of March. This first round got the number of teams from 68 down to 32. The next round of games took place March 23rd and 24th and eliminated half of those 32 teams. The teams left standing entered what is known as the Sweet Sixteen which took place on the 28th and 29th of March. From there the remaining teams known as the Elite Eight played games on the last two days in March. The winners of those games came to Minneapolis to play in the Final Four, and the final two played in the championship game.

Tip-off for the championship game took place around 8:20 p.m. and both teams came into the game with loads of energy. Both teams kept the score close for the entirety of the game with Virginia being ahead of Texas Tech by a few points for the majority of the time. At half time the Cavaliers were up 32 to 29. Coming back after the half, both teams stayed neck and neck until the last few minutes when they came to an even tie.

With a 68 to 68 score after two halves, the Cavaliers and the Red Raiders entered overtime. With five minutes added to the clock, Virginia took that time to score 17 more points and take the championship title for the first time in Cavalier history with an 85 to 77 win.

The top scorers for each team include:

Virginia Pts Texas Tech Pts
De’Andre Hunter 27 Brandone Francis 17
Kyle Guy 24 Jarrett Culver 15
Ty Jerome 16 Davide Moretti 15
Mamadi Diakite 9 Kyler Edwards 12
Braxton Key 6 Matt Mooney 10


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