NCAA Championship 2019 Preview: Red Raiders vs Cavaliers
After a month of madness, a champion will be crowned. Emerging from a field of 68 teams, the nation’s top two defensive powers will face off in the March Madness finals to determine who gets to cut down the nets in 2019.
Texas Tech is trying to cap off a season in which it flashed a historically dominant defense. Meanwhile, Virginia is a step away from total redemption. The Cavaliers suffered a shocking loss to a 16 seed last year and they’ve been on a mission ever since.
Everyone is expecting this Monday’s showdown in Minnesota to be a slug-it-out defensive struggle. Virginia ranks near the top of D1 hoops in all the major defensive stats. The Cavaliers are known to drag out the pace and limit opponents’ possessions to a great degree.
And Texas Tech can protect the rim and smother opposing ball handlers as good as any team in college basketball. The Red Raiders are excellent in forcing their opponents into taking bad shots, especially from deep.
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Although the Cavs don’t get a ton of possessions, their offensive efficiency is topnotch. Virginia can hit its shots from beyond the arc. Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy lead the Cavs’ outside sniping. Both are coming off of notable performances in the Final Four win over the Auburn Tigers.
Texas Tech has its share of sharpshooters as well. Italian guard, Davide Moretti is one of the top long-range shooters in college basketball. Plus, Texas Tech got some big-time contributions from unexpected sources. During the Final Four round, Matt Mooney was on fire for the Red Raiders.
There will also be a couple of top NBA prospects on full display in the biggest game of the year.
Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter should both be NBA lottery picks come draft time. The game will be packed with talent on both sides and should be a good barometer to rate the potential of these young guns.
Neither school is known for a rich history of success on the national stage. But both programs have head coaches who are making names for themselves in Tony Bennett and Chris Beard. The tides of college basketball are turning to a new generation and Virginia and Texas Tech could become the new dynasties.
Betting Trends for March Madness Finals 2019
- Texas Tech is 5-0 ATS in its last five games.
- The UNDER is 4-1 in Texas Tech’s last five games.
- Virginia is 2-2 ATS in its last four games.
- The UNDER is 4-1 in Virginia’s last five games.