Virginia wins its first NCAA basketball championship, defeating Texas TechAugust 31, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia, a nice tortoise of an app using a warmish 114-year history, a knack for deliberative basketball along with also an unthinkable splat of 13 months ago, spent Monday night scaling the last jagged rungs into a pinnacle. When finally it made the final, agonizing measures in overtime, reached the very top and looked around, it knew a feeling associated only with others like Duke or North Carolina, the neighboring hares that always left it one of the overshadowed.
It was the first first-time men’s college basketball national champion in 13 decades, and may see back across the landscape of one hell of a narrative. It might see Texas Tech, the finalist Virginia outlasted by 85-77 in that overtime, a team so good it’d hit on the NCAA tournament like a great wind coming off the high plains of Lubbock, felling Michigan State, Gonzaga, Michigan and Buffalo.
Gaze back from up high, and Virginia may see the carnival of plays which helped it twist out of doom in life-shortening matches from Purdue, Auburn and Texas Tech. Squint more difficult, and it could observe clear back to March 2018, when Virginia became the first No. 1 seed in tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed, a bewildering 74-54 thud against Maryland Baltimore County, the nadir of a five years of tortured Marches. Yet right in the front, it could see the droves in blue and orange in U.S. Bank Stadium, reveling as sound cascaded from fans who rarely dared dream of anything.
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