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Virginia vs. Texas Tech - 4/8/19 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Virginia vs. Texas Tech
Date & Time Monday April 8, 2019, 9:20 PM (EDT)
Location
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Virginia -1.5 -- Over/Under: 119
TV Channel
CBS
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The Virginia Cavaliers and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Monday in the championship of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Virginia Cavaliers have a chance to win their first college basketball national title in school history. The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 71.1 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 55.5 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Kyle Guy is averaging 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while De'Andre Hunter is averaging 14.9 points and two assists. Ty Jerome is the third double-digit scorer and Braxton Key is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Virginia Cavaliers are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Virginia Cavaliers have won 12 of their last 13 non-home games.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have a chance to win their first college basketball national title in school history. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are averaging 73 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 59 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Jarrett Culver is averaging 18.9 points and 3.8 assists while Davide Moretti is averaging 11.6 points and 2.1 rebounds. Matt Mooney is the third double-digit scorer and Tariq Owens is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have won nine of their last 10 non-home games.

The Red Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Cavaliers are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 NCAA Tournament games and 45-21-1 ATS in their last 67 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Red Raiders last 5 overall.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have been doubted all postseason and have done nothing but bully their opponents and grind out victories. The Virginia Cavaliers have found ways to win, and while you have to give them credit for being on the right side, they honestly were outplayed in each of their last two games and received incredible breaks in both games to advance. Like I said in the Red Raiders - Michigan State game, Texas Tech is the one team that can match its opponents defensive style and physicality, and it doesn't back down in a fist fight. This is going to be an ugly defensive battle, and while Virginia has the reputation, it's Texas Tech that has been the more consistent team. The Red Raiders also have the better overall player in Jarrett Culver, who is due for a breakout game after struggling against Sparty. Like I've done all tournament, I'm going to take my free bucket with Texas Tech.

See you guys next season. 

Pick:
Texas Tech +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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