How to Bet Texas Tech-Virginia to Hedge Your NCAA Tournament Pool

Then Ty Jerome clanked a 3, and Norense Odiase, who has spent the last five years in a Texas Tech jersey, banged home a layup and was fouled. Virginia led by as many as 10 in the second half with Hunter and Jerome carrying the offense, but the Red Raiders' bench - sparked by Francis - helped Texas Tech stay afloat.

If you had bet on the Red Raiders earlier on during the regular season, you could be in for an even bigger payout.

With Texas Tech advancing to meet the Virginia Cavaliers in the national championship game, Mahomes was front-and-center once again. UVA held off the Red Raiders in the overtime contest led by National Basketball Association prospect De'Andre Hunter who said being crowned a champion has felt surreal.

In any event, the episode conjured memories of Virginia's win in the national semifinal over Auburn, in which a pair of officiating decisions loomed large.

Virginia's "big three" of Hunter, Guy and Jerome - who all came to Charlottesville in the same recruiting class - led the Cavaliers to victory.

De'Andre Hunter had a career high 27 points, including the tying basket in regulation and the go-ahead basket in overtime, to lead all scorers.

"In terms of my guys, I've never been more proud", Red Raiders coach Chris Beard said. "So I just knew we needed each other". It was on line.

This marks Virginia's first NCAA men's basketball title in its history.

Back in November, an anonymous bettor walked into Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and thought to himself that he would put down a futures bet on the Texas Tech Red Raiders to win the National Championship, a program that had only been to the Elite 8 once in school history. Hunter notched nine rebounds and a steal, playing a major part in holding the Texas Tech star to 15 points on 5-of-22 shooting.

Guy was selected the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

"I think every father would love to see his son do a heck of a lot better than he did", Dick Bennett said to Westwood One.

But Beard showed if you hand him Lincoln Logs he will construct you a mansion and if you give him Legos he will erect a bridge.

"It's a great story", Bennett said. "But, no, we were trying to get him the ball".

It was a long year for the Virginia Cavaliers after becoming the first No. 1 seed ever to lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Hunter finished the tournament in similar fashion to the way he started.

Virginia came into March Madness as the top-ranked team, while Texas Tech ranked third.

In the late going it was 63-61 Virginia, 65-64 Red Raiders, 68-65 Tech and then 68-68 when 40 minutes ran out. Going through 67 basketball games and condensing them down to the 10 best moments was a challenge, but it was one that we were happy to accept here at FanSided. And just before the buzzer sounded, Guy launched a 3-point shot from the corner, was obviously fouled and the officials didn't miss that call.

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