Here's Why There Was A Flying Tortilla During the National Championship

Here's Why There Was A Flying Tortilla During the National Championship

Otherwise, the only loss to graduation is Jack Salt, a role player off the bench.

"Last year, it drew us even closer together".

It made flawless sense that Brandone Francis reaffirmed an underdog's mentality for the Texas Tech Red Raiders heading into Monday night's national championship game against the Virginia Cavaliers. Head coach Tony Bennett teaches the pack-line defense better than anyone else in the country, and his team does it better than anyone. "He scored a career high tonight and what a night to have it". Both came from the right corner; the first tied the game 68-68 with 12 seconds left in regulation, while the second gave the Cavaliers a 75-73 lead with 2:10 left in overtime. Virginia hit a 3-pointer to tie to force overtime. "I should have went and taken Hunter...it was a great pass and I should have rotated".

"We had a chip on our shoulder and that's what we carried all year and now we're here", said Diakite after saying once the game went to overtime the Cavaliers knew they would prevail.

Hunter said that he tried to be aggressive in the first half, but his shots weren't falling.

"Just to be able to get away from it, just live in the moment, feels great", Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens told Time. The Red Raiders, who weren't ranked when the season started, played with huge heart, overcoming multiple double-digit deficits to get ahead of the favored Cavaliers. After halftime, he made seven of eight.

According to Viva The Matadors, the act of tossing tortillas onto courts and fields is actually a Texas Tech tradition, so many Texas Tech fans were not the least bit surprised. "So when they made their runs we just didn't panic and uh trust in the guys and trust in the system". In addition to Hunter's first-half struggles, Culver missed all six of his shots in a half that saw them spend a lot of possessions guarding each other.

Then, they won five games in the NCAA tournament, with Jordan Poole's last-second buzzer-beater against Houston as the highlight of all highlights.

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They were asking me did I know, because I put my hand, my face into my jersey, but that was me focusing. The Red Raiders advanced to their first ever men's national championship game with a win Saturday.

Culver's potential go-ahead 3 missed its mark with 5 seconds remaining and Hunter corralled the rebound. It was his only shot in overtime.

That hardly guarantees that no UVa player not named either Hunter or Jerome will choose to leave early, of course, but, in a rotation where the lone senior is Jack Salt, it does appear that Bennett will have a solid nucleus returning for 2019-20. "That's it, man. We're champions!"

UVA defeated Gardner-Webb in the first round, before besting Oklahoma in round two.

What's their journey to the final game been like?

Or credit Virginia, which has a reputation for suffocating Pack-Line defense almost as fearsome as Tech's.

Instead, Braxton Key blocked Culver's fadeaway attempt and the country was gifted with an additional 5 minutes of a handsome basketball game.

The last dance belongs to Virginia! Culver, Tech's leading scorer on the season, finished with 15, but five of those came at the free-throw line as he went 5 for 22 shooting and was shut out from the 3-point line, going 0 for 6. He hit three free throws to finish off the Tigers in the Final Four.

Their journey to the final has been a redemption story after a failed attempt a year ago, when Virginia - who came into the 2018 tournament as a No. 1 seed - made history by becoming the first top-ranked team to lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round. When that type of performance occurs in that type of setting, feverish speculation about said coach's future is going to be a given.

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