|Game||Virginia Cavaliers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders|
|Date & Time||Monday April 8, 2019, 9:20 PM (EDT)|
UVA -1 Total 117.5
The Texas Tech Red Raiders play the Virginia Cavaliers on Monday April 8 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the NCAA men’s basketball national championship.
The Red Raiders defeated the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday 61-51 in their Final Four showdown. The Texas Tech defense came through big at one end of the court while Matt Mooney carried the Red Raiders on the other end scoring 22 points with three key 3-pointers that gave Texas Tech a double-digit lead it would not relinquish.
Virginia prevailed in its Final Four showdown with Auburn 63-62, but not without controversy. Kyle Guy sank three free throws with 0.6 seconds left after being fouled while attempting a 3-pointer. Although many questioned foul call, Guy sank the first two before Auburn called a timeout to make him think about the third and then prompting sank the third to give the Cavaliers the win.
Jarrett Culver leads the Red Raiders in scoring, rebounding and assists with averages of 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Davide Moretti is the second leading scorer with an average of 11.4 points per game. Texas Tech is shooting 47.2% from the field and 36.8% from 3-point territory.
Kyle Guy is leading Virginia in scoring with an average of 15.2 points per game. Ty Jerome is the third leading scorer and leader in assists for Virginia with averages of 13.5 points and 5.4 assists per game. Braxton Key leads in rebounds with an average of 5.1 per game. Virginia is shooting 47.8% from the field and 40.9% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends
Texas Tech is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 on neutral courts
The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Red Raiders last 5
Virginia is 45-21-1 ATS in its last 67
The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Cavaliers last 5
This national title matchup will be characterized by defense. Two of the top three defensive teams in the nation face off. Texas Tech was third in the nation in points allowed per game at 58.8 while Virginia was first in the nation at 55.5. Texas Tech has played well covering the number in its last 5 NCAA Tournament games. Defense will be the key, but Jarrett Culver and Matt Mooney will give the Red Raiders the offense they need to win. Final Score Prediction, Texas Tech Red Raiders win and cover ATS 62-57.