Virginia's Kyle Guy and fiancée celebrate NCAA win ahead of wedding

Past year was devastating for the University of Virginia.

Virginia Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett is presented with the national championship trophy after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the championship game of the 2019 men's Final Four at US Bank Stadium.

Jerome scored eight of his 16 points in the second half to accompany his game-high eight assists.

Hunter's pair of 3-point shots rescued the Cavaliers after a 10-point lead with 10:24 in regulation time had slipped away.

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 now I say, 'Well, it bought us a ticket here.

"Ty hit me in my pocket", Hunter said. But a huge by Texas Tech helped spark a 7-0 run.

This was the 40th anniversary of the last time two teams without a title game appearance had met to decide the championship. "I just tried to do the same thing in the second half and my shots started falling". More than 12 minutes into the first half, the score was just 19-19.

They took a 25-21 lead, their biggest of the night, on a shot from senior guard Matt Mooney. "But little did I know that by 20 I'd experience the most insane, fulfilling, forgiving, and unconditional love", Jenkins shared on social media at the time.

Hunter struggled again offensively in the first half, just as he did against Auburn on Saturday night.

Though both Hunter and Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver were 3 of 4 shooting from the free throw line in the first half, neither of the coveted National Basketball Association prospects was able to find his shooting touch early on. It was his only shot in overtime.

"It's a great story", Bennett said. We can be inspired by wins, but we can learn from losses. He also accounted for nine rebounds and six assists.

"I just took my time and shot it", Hunter said. It almost proved costly for Virginia. An errant pass, a foul, a split second judgment call. Jarrett Culver's game-winning attempt was blocked by Braxton Key at the buzzer to send the game into overtime tied at 68. This one didn't go down to the last second but will be forever remembered in Virginia hoop lore.

Guy is not Virginia's only clutch free-throw shooter, by the way. They managed to right their wrong this season with wins over Gardner-Webb, Oklahoma, Oregon, Purdue, and Auburn before clinching the title against Texas Tech.

Of course. It wouldn't be March Madness bled into April foolishness without heart-stopping suspense, particularly between two of the best defensive teams in the country, teams which begrudged foes every single basket since season's start in November.

  • Julie Sanders