After Auburn gifted Virginia's Kyle Guy three free throws with less than 2 seconds left with a beyond stupid foul we get to tonight's Natty between two teams who have never won a championship in basketball. Currently the #1 seed Virginia Cavaliers are a slight 1.5 point favorite vs #3 seed Texas Tech. The game will be played tonight in Minneapolis in front of 70,000 attendees who will most likely squint to see the ants playing hoops from the upper deck nosebleeds. Playing basketball in football stadiums are stupid. I've attended NCAA tourney and ACC Tourney games at the old Georgia Dome. Not the best views. Enough of my rant. Let's take a look at the best bets and predictions for Texas Tech vs. Virginia.
FIRST HALF BET
Both Virginia and Texas Tech are known for their defenses. It can be boring at times because their offenses do a lot of run the clock, play half court snooze fests especially Virginia. This will be a low scoring affair so I gotta take the UNDER in the first half which is 53.5 points (-110). There will be a lot of blocked shots, missed threes and turnovers while both teams play out the butterflies in the first 20 minutes.
PREDICTION: UNDER 53.5 first-half points (-110)
FULL GAME BET
Like I said earlier Virginia got a gift from Auburn to even be playing in this game. When you are up 4 points with less than 10 seconds to go the odds are overwhelming you should win the game. But Auburn choked despite going on an epic run with less than 10 minutes left in the game to take the lead. Virginia got lucky.
Texas Tech on the other hand comes in hot. They dominated Michigan State. The game was never in question even with Jarrett Culver struggling with only 10 points. They beat Izzo by 10 points. Four of their five tournament games have come by double digits. In fact I'm a little shocked the Red Raiders are the underdog even if they are the lower seeded team. You can take them on the money line if you want too.
PREDICTION: Texas Tech +1.5 (+110)