The biggest Dance: Virginia beats Texas Tech in OT to win 1st national basketball title

There was only one way for Virginia to truly atone for its stunning, unprecedented first round loss in last year’s NCAA Tournament: Come back and win the whole thing.

That’s exactly what the Cavaliers did Monday night, 388 days later, toppling Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77 in the national title game in Minneapolis to capture the school’s first-ever basketball championship.

De’Andre Hunter scored a game-high 27 points, and Kyle Guy won Most Outstanding Player, adding 24 points.

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, right, celebrates with his team after the championship game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime.(AP Photo/Matt York)
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, right, celebrates with his team after the championship game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime.(AP Photo/Matt York) (AP/Matt York)
Virginia players celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Virginia players celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York) (AP/Matt York)
Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) and his teammates celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia’s Kyle Guy (5) and his teammates celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) celebrates after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia’s Kyle Guy (5) celebrates after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5) celebrates in front of Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) at the end of the championship game in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5) celebrates in front of Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) at the end of the championship game in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
Virginia players celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia players celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett directs his team during the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett directs his team during the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (AP/Charlie Neibergall)
Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5) shoots over Texas Tech guard Kyler Edwards, left, during the second half in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5) shoots over Texas Tech guard Kyler Edwards, left, during the second half in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) takes a shot against Texas Tech's Norense Odiase (32) during the second half in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia’s Kyle Guy (5) takes a shot against Texas Tech’s Norense Odiase (32) during the second half in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes pictures before the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament between Texas Tech and Virginia, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes pictures before the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament between Texas Tech and Virginia, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
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Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, right, celebrates with his team after the championship game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime.(AP Photo/Matt York)
Virginia players celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) and his teammates celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) celebrates after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5) celebrates in front of Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) at the end of the championship game in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia players celebrate after defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett directs his team during the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5) shoots over Texas Tech guard Kyler Edwards, left, during the second half in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) takes a shot against Texas Tech's Norense Odiase (32) during the second half in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes pictures before the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament between Texas Tech and Virginia, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

After a shaky start in their opening game against Gardner-Webb, in which they trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, the Cavaliers got only one reprieve from tight games throughout the tournament. They put the clamps on an Oklahoma team that had scored 95 points in the first round, holding the Sooners to just 51 in a 12-point, second round win. 

Virginia got a tough test from 12-seed Oregon in the Sweet 16, trailing by three points with less than five-and-a-half minutes to play before finishing on an 11-4 run to win 53-49. Then, they needed a miraculous buzzer-beater to force overtime against Purdue, withstanding a 42-point onslaught from Carsen Edwards and holding on for an 80-75 win in what was perhaps the game of the tournament.

The Hoos advanced to the title game with a controversial win over Auburn in which Virginia guard Kyle Guy was fouled while attempting the potential game-winning three, inside the final second, down two points. Guy sunk all three free throws, giving Virginia a 63-62 win.

Virginia finishes the season with a school record 35 wins. The Cavaliers did not have to beat any team higher than a 3-seed to win the title, the first time that has happened since UNLV won the title in 1990.

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