Virginia wins its first NCAA basketball championship, defeating Texas Tech

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MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia, a nice tortoise of a program with a warmish 114-year history, a bent for deliberative basketball along with an unthinkable splat of 13 months ago, spent Monday night climbing the final jagged rungs into a pinnacle. When eventually it made the closing, agonizing steps in overtime, reached the very top and looked about, it knew a sense associated only with others like Duke or North Carolina, the neighboring hares that always left it one of the overshadowed.
It was the first first-time men’s college basketball national winner in 13 decades, and could see back through the landscape of one hell of a story. It could see Texas Tech, the finalist Virginia outlasted by 85-77 in that , a team so great it’d struck the NCAA tournament like a great wind coming off the large plains of Lubbock, felling Michigan State, Gonzaga, Michigan and Buffalo.
Gaze back from up high, and Virginia may see the carnival of plays which helped it twist out of doom in life-shortening matches from Purdue, Auburn and Texas Tech. Squint more difficult, and it could see back to March 2018, when Virginia became the first No. 1 seed in tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed, a bewildering 74-54 thud from Maryland Baltimore County, the nadir of a five years of tortured Marches. Yet right in the front, it might observe the droves in orange and blue in U.S. Bank Stadium, reveling as sound cascaded from lovers who rarely dared dream of such a thing.

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