Ryan Knuppel  |  Mon 8th Apr   | NCAAB

NCAA Tournament Championship Game Betting Preview:

Texas Tech Red Raiders (3)
Virginia Cavaliers (1)

The college basketball season is down to the final game, and Texas Tech and Virginia are the only teams left standing. Virginia was able to pull out an incredible come from behind victory over Auburn in the semifinals, and Texas Tech put together a masterful performance in controlling Michigan State. Both teams will be looking for their first ever National Championship in school history.

If you are a fan of terrific defenses, then this is the game for you. Texas Tech and Virginia are at the top of almost every single defensive category, and the first team that reaches 50 points might win this game. The Virginia Cavaliers are -1.5 point favorites over Texas Tech in this game.

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texas tech red raidersTexas Tech Team Preview

Texas Tech has been shutting teams down all tournament long, holding four of their five opponents to less than 59 points. The Red Raiders took Michigan State completely out of their game in the semifinals and held the Spartans to just 51 points. Forward Tariq Owens is an elite rim protector that is averaging 2.4 blocks per game.

Jarrett Culver has been the offensive star for the Red Raiders for much of the season, but he has gotten plenty of help in the tournament. Guard Matt Mooney poured in a career-high 22 points in the victory over Michigan State and was clutch from the three-point line. The Red Raiders aren’t known for their offense, but they have plenty of shooters that can fill it up.

virginia cavaliersVirginia Cavaliers Team Preview

Virginia was the first ever number 1 seed to lose in the first round a season ago, and they are looking for the ultimate revenge. The Cavaliers are holding opponents to just 55.5 points per game this season, which is the best mark in college basketball. Head coach Tony Bennett teaches the pack-line defense better than anyone else in the country, and his team does it better than anyone.

Kyle Guy was the hero late in the game against Auburn and leads the team with 15.6 points per game this season. Point guard Ty Jerome was the offensive star in the Cavaliers victory over Auburn, pouring in 21 points and setting the table for the Virginia offense. The Cavaliers managed to get just two points from their bench in the semifinal win, and that could be an issue moving forward.

Texas Tech vs. Virginia Betting Pick

Even though these aren’t the teams that were supposed to be in the National Championship Game, it should make for a terrific finale. These two teams just refuse to give up points on defense, and this will be a grind it out type of game. Texas Tech came out of nowhere to get to this stage, while Virginia is on the ultimate comeback tour.

The Red Raiders can really shoot it, and they will need to make shots to stay in this game. Virginia knows how to win close games, and they have plenty of experience of playing on the big state. Look for the Cavaliers to get just enough offense to knock off Texas Tech and win the National Championship.

The pick in this game is the Virginia Cavaliers -1.5 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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Ryan Knuppel