Virginia wins its first NCAA basketball championship, defeating Texas Tech
MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia, a fine tortoise of an app using a warmish 114-year history, a knack for deliberative basketball and also an unthinkable splat of 13 weeks ago, spent Monday night scaling the final jagged rungs to a pinnacle. When eventually it made the final, painful steps in overtime, attained the very top and looked about, it knew a sense associated only with other people like Duke or North Carolina, the neighboring hares that always left it one of the overshadowed.
It had become the very first first-time men’s college basketball national winner in 13 years, and could see back through the landscape of one hell of a narrative. It could see Texas Tech, the finalist Virginia outlasted from 85-77 in that , a team so great it had hit on the NCAA tournament like some fantastic wind coming off the large plains of Lubbock, felling Michigan State, Gonzaga, Michigan and Buffalo.
Gaze back from up high, and Virginia may see the carnival of plays that helped it wriggle from doom in life-shortening matches against Purdue, Auburn and Texas Tech. Squint more difficult, and it might see 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 from Maryland Baltimore County, the nadir of a five decades of tortured Marches. Yet right in the front, it could see the droves in orange and blue in U.S. Bank Stadium, reveling as sound cascaded from lovers who seldom dared dream of anything.
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