Who Won March Madness 2019?

Virginia wins March Madness 2019

March is knocking at the door. You know what that means? That means you need to brush up on your college basketball knowledge, especially if you have any plans of joining a March Madness bracket contest this 2020. This article will provide you with a glimpse of what happened in college basketball in 2019 via the storyline of the Virginia Cavaliers, who went on to win the national title. Speaking of the Hoos, Virginia’s odds to win March Madness 2020 is longer today than it was at this point of the season a year ago.
 

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 2019 March Madness finals lookback

 
Virginia wins March Madness 2019!

A year after becoming just the first — and to this day, the only — No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed, the Cavaliers used that embarrassing performance to dominate the competition in 2019. The Hoos finished the regular season with a 28-2 overall record, with those two losses both coming at the hands of Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils in conference play.

Even with a high-seed locked up in last year’s national tournament, the Cavaliers were still doubted to go as deep as what their record warrants, thanks to their grand failure in 2018 against the UMBC Retrievers. That was further reinforced by their “here-we-go-again” loss in the semis of the conference tourney against the Florida State Seminoles. To some, that defeat was a sign that Virginia will not win the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

That loss, however, seemed to have only toughened up Virginia, which survived five opponents, including close calls against the Purdue Boilermakers in the Elite 8 round and Auburn Tigers in the Final Four before facing Texas Tech in the finals.

Texas Tech reached the NCAA National Championship Game in 2019 as a No. 3 seed. Behind the leadership of Jarrett Culver, the Red Raiders managed to take down No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Elite 8 then followed that up with a convincing win over No. 2 seed Michigan State Spartans in the Final Four.

The National Championship Game saw both the Cavs and the Red Raiders find their stroke from long range. Virginia nailed 11 3-pointers, while Texas Tech drained 10. In the end, Virginia’s defense, more efficient offense, and better rebounding made the difference in their 85-77 overtime win, which was the only perfect way to redeem themselves from the previous year’s debacle.
 

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How many times has Virginia won March Madness?

 
Until the 2018-19 NCAA men’s basketball season, the Cavaliers had booked a ticket to the national tournament 23 times in their program history, but had won it all just once — in 2019. In six of those tournament appearances, the Cavaliers were given a No. 1 seed. If Virginia wins March Madness 2019 and 2020, it’ll be quite an achievement considering how light Bennett’s team is today compared to the previous editions of the Hoos.
 

What are Virginia’s odds to win March Madness 2020?

 
Having lost key pieces of their 2019 March Madness title run, it’s not much of a surprise that Tony Bennett’s team has regressed this season. As of this writing, the Cavaliers are positioned in the mid-50s of the NCAA NET rankings. That’s a bubble spot for the Cavaliers, who need more quality wins to get into a safer place. Virginia’s odds to win March Madness 2020 is at +1000, as of the moment. When developing a March Madness betting strategy, it helps to know the latest odds to win the national title.
 

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