It all comes to down to tonight in Minneapolis. The Virginia Cavaliers and Texas Tech Red Raiders are set to tip off at 9:20 p.m. for the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship.
According to the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book, the point spread remains UVA as a one-point favorite, although the over-under for tonight’s game has dropped two-points since opening to 118 total points scored in the game.
According to the ESPN Basketball Power Index, the Wahoos have a 69.8-percent win probability with a predicted winning point differential of 4.6 points.
KenPom has a different take on the contest, giving UVA a win probability of 58-percent and a predicted final score of UVA 61, Texas Tech 58.
Below are the game notes courtesy of VirginiaSports.com:
- Virginia (34-3) is making its first NCAA national championship game appearance and seeks its first title.
- The Cavaliers meet the Red Raiders for the first time.
- UVA has amassed a school-record 34 wins and has won 30 or more games for the fourth time under three-time National Coach of the Year Tony Bennett and fifth time in school history.
UVA ALL-TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
- UVA is 34-22 all-time in 23 NCAA Tournament appearances.
- UVA is 2-2 all-time in the NCAA Final Four.
- UVA is 17-6 as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
- UVA meets a No. 3 seed for the first time in the NCAA Tournament.
- Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is 15-8 in nine NCAA tournaments, including a 12-6 record at UVA.
- The Cavaliers have reached the NCAA Tournament a school-best six consecutive seasons.
A WIN VS. TEXAS TECH WOULD:
- Give UVA its first national championship in men’s basketball.
- Extend UVA’s school record in wins to 35.
- Give UVA a 35-22 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament.
- Extend UVA’s school record of ranked wins to 11.
- Give UVA an 18-6 record as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
- Give UVA a 1-0 record vs. Texas Tech.
- Give UVA a 16-18 record against current Big 12 foes, including a 5-0 mark in the NCAA Tournament.
- Give UVA a six-game winning streak.
- Give Tony Bennett his first NCAA national championship.
ALL-TIME VS. BIG 12 CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
- Virginia meets its second Big 12 opponent of the 2019 NCAA Tournament after defeating Oklahoma 62-51 in the second round on March 23.
- UVA is 15-18 all-time against current Big 12 Conference members (9-10 vs. West Virginia, 3-1 vs. Oklahoma, 2-2 vs. Iowa State, 1-2 vs. Kansas, 0-1 vs. Baylor, 0-1 vs. Oklahoma State and 0-1 vs. TCU.
- The Cavaliers are 4-0 all-time against current Big 12 foes in the NCAA Tournament (1-0 vs. Iowa State, 1-0 vs. Kansas, 1-0 vs. Oklahoma).
- Virginia and Texas Tech share two common opponents from the 2018-19 season – Duke and Oklahoma.
- UVA posted a 1-2 mark against the common opponents, defeating Oklahoma (63-51) and dropping a pair of games to Duke (72-70 and 81-71).
- Texas Tech was 2-1 with a pair of wins against Oklahoma (66-59 and 66-54) and a loss to Duke (69-58).
LAST TIME OUT
- Kyle Guy’s three free throws with 0.6 seconds left lifted No. 1 seed Virginia to a 63-62 win over No. 5 seed Auburn in an NCAA Final Four national semifinal on Saturday, April 6.
- Guy finished with 15 points and Ty Jerome tallied 21 points and matched a career high with nine rebounds in the win.
- De’Andre Hunter added 14 points and five rebounds and Mamadi Diakite had a career-high five blocked shots.
- UVA’s nine blocked shots established a season-high and new record in 56 games in the NCAA Tournament.
- Virginia trailed 31-28 at the half, but went on an 8-0 run and held Auburn scoreless for the first 5:42 of the second half.
- The Cavaliers gained a 57-47 lead, but Auburn answered with a 14-0 run before Guy drilled a 3-pointer along with his game-winning free throws.
- Samir Doughty led Auburn with 13 points.
UVA IN KEN POM EFFICIENCY RATINGS
- As of April 7, UVA ranks No. 1 in the KenPom.com overall ratings and No. 3 in adjusted offense and No. 5 in adjusted defense efficiency, respectively.
- UVA is shooting 47.4 percent (second best in Bennett era), 39.3 percent from 3-point range (best in school history) and 73.9 percent from the free throw line.
BENNETT IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
- Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is 15-8 all-time in nine NCAA tournament appearances.
- Bennett owns a 12-6 record in seven appearances at UVA (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), highlighted by this season’s trip to the NCAA Final Four.
- He went 3-2 during two trips at Washington State and led WSU to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008.
UVA IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS
- As of April 7, UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (55.5 ppg), turnovers per game (8.9) and winning percentage (91.9%), third in scoring margin (15.5), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.7%), fifth in field goal percentage defense (38.4%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.60), sixth in personal fouls per game (14.2) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (38.3%).
UVA VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
- UVA is 41-34 against ranked opponents in the Tony Bennett era, including a 10-3 mark in 2018-19.
- UVA’s 10 ranked wins are a school record.
- The Cavaliers have posted an ACC record five ranked wins on the road, which is also tied with UConn (1998-99) for the most all-time in poll history since 1948-49.