Virginia, Texas Tech ready for one final game

MINNEAPOLIS — For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had not been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision.

The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night. Neither program has been this close to a title.

“Our goal has never been to make a tournament. It’s been to win the tournament,” Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard said. “It’s easy to talk about, and really, really hard to do.”

Defense is the calling card for both the Cavaliers and Red Raiders — No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in Division I scoring defense — with the betting total for this game set at 118 points.

Maybe they’re making defense cool again.

“I would like to think so,” Texas Tech’s Brandone Francis said. “It’s like I love eating ice cream, no different than playing defense.”

Ralph D. Russo is an Associated Press writer.

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