Comeback Cavs! A year after pain, Virginia gets its title

Sports 04/09/19, 02:22

It was an easy question to ask, even if the answer was tough to absorb."Why?"It dogged Virginia for a year and three weeks — following the Cavaliers through sweat-soaked practices, hostile arenas up and down the East Coast, on talk radio and pundit-driven TV, and in their own, doubt-filled, uncertain ...

Proud pop: Dick Bennett beams as son leads Virginia to title

Sports 04/09/19, 01:27

Dick Bennett has difficult time watching his son, Tony, coach Virginia. He rarely attends games."I'm not a model of decorum or poise," said Dick Bennett, the former longtime high school and college basketball coach. "But I needed to be here."The Cavaliers didn't make it easy on the elder Bennett, beating ...

Title trophy in hand, Virginia has look of perennial power

Sports 04/09/19, 01:20

Kyle Guy had every reason to look toward next season the moment last season ended, a stunning and humiliating loss to UMBC in the NCAA Tournament forcing him into what he called "a dark place."Instead, the junior guard ruminated over the loss for weeks.Guy might want to dwell on the ...

Guy writes perfect ending in Virginia’s title-clinching win

Sports 04/09/19, 00:39

Kyle Guy never let some shaky NCAA Tournament showings scare him away from taking the shots Virginia needed to win a national title.It's why Guy has his perfect ending a year after a humiliating loss, with a piece of clipped net stuck in his hat and standing as most outstanding ...

Analysis: Offensive adjustments lead Virginia to first title

Sports 04/08/19, 23:28

Virginia got its redemption — thanks to its offense, not its vaunted defense.Riding the broad shoulders of De'Andre Hunter, Virginia beat Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime Monday night to win the program's first national title.Defensively-minded, the Cavaliers (35-3) turned a night of adjustments against Texas Tech's vaunted defense into one ...

Culver, Texas Tech fall short of 1st NCAA title

Sports 04/08/19, 23:12

Jarrett Culver walked slowly around the perimeter as the final buzzer sounded, in a bit of a daze as he tugged his jersey to his chin.Texas Tech's sophomore star could easily have been surveying the scene of his struggles.Culver missed 17 of his 22 attempts from the floor, including all ...

Comeback! Cavs get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech

Basketball 04/08/19, 23:06

Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season. Led by De'Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win — a scintillating victory that came 388 days after a crushing setback ...

Mike Young says coaching Virginia Tech ‘dream come true’

Basketball 04/08/19, 15:10

Mike Young looked around Virginia Tech's Cassell Coliseum and said he's "so thrilled to be home.""My love for ball originated in this building many years ago," Young said Monday at a news conference introducing him as Virginia Tech's new basketball coach. Rattling off a list of former players he watched ...

NCAA Latest: Stats show tiny edges for Virginia, Texas Tech

Sports 04/08/19, 14:28

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament championship game between Virginia and Texas Tech (all times local):2:30 p.m.A look at advanced statistics for the NCAA Tournament shows that Virginia's offense has been more efficient than Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders are locking down on opponents at a tougher rate.Virginia players ...

Texas Tech, Virginia give NCAA final an international accent

Basketball 04/08/19, 12:57

The plains of West Texas are a long way from the bustling piazzas and porticos of northern Italy, where Davide Moretti was raised in a soccer culture and basketball was just a niche.But NBA fans in Italy can now look to the likes of Danilo Gallinari and his 20-point scoring ...

Stackhouse says relationship, opportunity drew him to Vandy

Sports 04/08/19, 12:01

Jerry Stackhouse had a couple interviews already lined up for possible NBA head coaching jobs. He says he decided to take a college job because of his relationship with Vanderbilt's new athletic director and the opportunity to turnaround the Commodores men's program.Stackhouse said during a news conference on Monday that ...

Purdue’s Edwards plans to hire agent, enter NBA draft

Basketball 04/08/19, 11:36

Purdue guard Carsen Edwards will give up his final year of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.The 6-foot-1 shooting guard also plans to hire an agent. He made the announcement on Twitter .Edwards was the leading scorer for the Boilermakers this season, averaging 24.3 points. It was the highest average ...

Things to know for the NCAA championship game

Sports 04/08/19, 01:19

The NCAA Tournament will take an ugly turn in its final or, depending on your perspective, be a masterpiece in defensive basketball.The national title game Monday night pits Virginia (34-3), the standard-bearer in lockdown basketball, against the new kids on the defensive block, the Texas Tech Red Raiders (31-6).The over/under ...

Analysis: Breaking down Virginia, Texas Tech title game

Sports 04/08/19, 01:02

Texas Tech and Virginia have reached the national championship game by leaning on stingy defenses, overlooked and underappreciated stars, and no shortage of nail-biting NCAA Tournament wins.So, what will it take for the Red Raiders to hoist their first basketball trophy — and second NCAA title trophy in any sport? ...

Virginia Tech hires former Wofford basketball coach Young

Sports 04/07/19, 20:01

Virginia Tech has hired former Wofford men's basketball coach Mike Young to replace Buzz Williams.The school announced the decision Sunday night. Young is scheduled to be formally introduced during a news conference Monday morning.Young was 299-244 in 17 years at Wofford and was selected as the Southern Conference Coach of ...

1st-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA title

Sports 04/07/19, 17:15

For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never 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 ever been this close to a title, making it a rare matchup of ...

Culver, Hunter bring NBA upside to Texas Tech-Virginia final

Basketball 04/07/19, 17:05

Jarrett Culver knew Texas Tech desperately needed him to make a big leap after a solid freshman year so he charged full-speed into an offseason determined to refine and expand every element of his game.De'Andre Hunter needed a little longer to do the same at Virginia, even by spending a ...

Minnesota adds 2 years to Pitino deal after 1st tourney win

Basketball 04/07/19, 16:32

Minnesota coach Richard Pitino has agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season, following his first NCAA Tournament win in six years with the Gophers.The university announced the deal, which is subject to approval by the board of regents, on Sunday. Pitino's annual salary was increased to $2 ...

History? Virginia’s got plenty. And soon, maybe a title

Sports 04/07/19, 16:08

It is not Duke, North Carolina or UCLA.Yet when sorting through all the games, personalities and events that helped shape college basketball into the billion-dollar colossus it is today, it's hard to look past the name "Virginia."It's the program that gave us one of the sport's greatest players in Ralph ...

Arkansas tabs Nevada’s Eric Musselman as next coach

Basketball 04/07/19, 16:04

Arkansas hired Nevada's Eric Musselman on Sunday, hoping to get a once-proud program back to an elite level.The 54-year-old Musselman led a dramatic turnaround in Reno, leading the Wolf Pack to three NCAA Tournaments in four years after a nine-year absence. Nevada reached the Sweet 16 in 2018, but lost ...

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