NBA players take to social media after Virginia’s win
By Avery Jacobs
The Virginia Cavaliers (35-3) defeated Texas Tech (31-7) 85-77 in overtime on Monday in Minneapolis to win their first title in school history, as the Raiders were outscored 17-9 in overtime.
The NCAA Championship Game was exactly what everyone expected it to be, the eighth national title game to go into overtime since Kansas beat Memphis in 2008.
Despite outstanding performances from both teams, someone had to cut the net — and it was surely Virginia’s time this go round, after losing to the No. 16 seed after entering last year’s NCAA tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Virginia’s win denied Texas Tech its first national championship in school history. After reaching the elite eight, Tech lost five of six of its top scorers and was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12th. Instead, the Raiders won the conference and nearly their first title.
Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Pat Connaughton took to twitter to express his feelings toward Virginia’s program, after bouncing back from last year’s loss, to now winning a championship a year later.
“Much respect to UVA… lose to a 16 seed then win it all,” Connaughton said.
Washington Wizards Sam Dekker agreed with Connaughton.
“As much as I joked in Round 1– in all seriousness, just an amazing turnaround and story for Virginia Basketball. Congrats to coach Bennett and the Hoos. As cool and wild of a two-year story as you can make up,” Dekker said.
Though things seem to have gone right for Virginia, Jarrett Culver, considered to be one of the NBA Draft’s top prospects, struggled in the championship game, going just 5 of 22 from the field and 0 of 6 from 3-point range for 15 points.
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young provided advice for Culver via Twitter
“Keep ya head up…you made your city, your university, and most importantly your family, Proud” “You made history my brotha, nobody can take that away from you.”
In the end, it seems as though many fans considered this to be one of the most entertaining NCAA championship games that doesn’t contain a blue-blooded school.