One of these teams will win its schools first National Title. Virginia has showed great perseverance after getting knocked off by 16 seeded UMBC last year. Virginia has had some clutch shots and definitely some luck to get to this point. Tech has sailed pretty smoothly in the tournament with Gonzaga being its toughest game.
Both teams are stout on defense, Virginia ranks number one in the country in scoring defense while Tech is third. Virginia is 4th in the country in three-point field goal defense while Tech is 10th. It will be a slug fest and scoring will be hard to come by.
The individual matchup to watch has to be the potential lottery picks, De’Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver. Culver will have to score more than 9 points in which he had vs Michigan State but that will be tough against the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in Hunter.
If Virginia wants to be crowned, they are going to have to hit their three’s. It sounds obvious but against a great defensive team driving to the tin will be hard. Virginia might be able to exploit some inside due to the sprained ankle of Tariq Owens. Owens was seen in a walking boot early Monday afternoon and has been a great rim protector. The Senior Grad transfer from St. Johns is averaging 2.6 blocks per game in the tournament.
The slow pace of both teams might be a yawner for the casual fan but there are multiple future NBA players in this game that also features two of the best Head Coaches in America. We are in for a treat that tips off at 9:20pm ET on CBS.