Texas Tech vs Virginia : The Virginia Cavaliers and Texas Tech Red Raiders will compete for the national championship on Monday night in Minneapolis. Our panel made predictions for the final game of the 2018-19 college basketball season and addressed other issues surrounding the matchup. National championship predictions: Will UVa or Texas Tech win first title?
The Virginia Cavaliers and Texas Tech Red Raiders will meet in the 2019 National Championship game, with the winner capturing their first NCAA Tournament title. It all goes down on Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, as the 1-seed Cavaliers and 3-seed Red Raiders face off in the finale of March Madness 2019. Tip-off is at 9:20 p.m. ET. Virginia (34-3) boasts the nation’s top-ranked defense at 55.5 points per game, while Texas Tech (31-6) has the No. 4 unit, allowing just 58.8. The Cavaliers are 1.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 118 in the latest Virginia vs. Texas Tech odds, down one from where the line opened on Saturday. Before you make any Virginia vs. Texas Tech picks of your own, be sure to see the 2019 National Championship game predictions from SportsLine’s resident Vegas legend, Micah Roberts.
Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for nearly 20 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos’ book director, and can spot a bad line from a mile away. He enters the 2019 NCAA Tournament title game on a sizzling 23-12 run on college basketball picks and has been zeroed in on these two programs. In fact, Roberts has hit on seven of eight games involving Texas Tech or Virginia. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Roberts has studied Virginia vs. Texas Tech from every possible angle and locked in a strong against-the-spread pick. You can only see it at SportsLine.
Roberts is well aware that Virginia hasn’t been dominant in the Big Dance, but it continues to win. The Cavaliers edged Oregon by four and Purdue by five in overtime before Kyle Guy hit three free throws with under one second to go in a dramatic 63-62 win over Auburn on Saturday night. Four different players have led Virginia in scoring through five NCAA Tournament games.
Virginia’s bread and butter is the nation’s top-ranked defense, a unit that’s allowed opponents to hit just 38.4 percent of their shots and 28.7 percent of their threes. Virginia has defied oddsmakers all year, going 25-12 against-the-spread.
But the Cavaliers are far from a sure thing to cover the Virginia vs. Texas Tech spread in the 2019 NCAA Tournament national championship game.