Texas Tech and Michigan State was a rock fight in the first half. The defenses of both teams were excellent and had plans to focus on each team’s main weapon. It was clear that Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard was not going to let Cassius Winston beat them offensively. Winston was 4-16 from the field in large part to the defense of graduate transfer Matt Mooney. Mooney was fantastic leading the Red Raiders with 22 points. Mooney’s scoring was much needed, especially when BIG 12 Player of The Year Jarrett Culver’s first field goal came with 9 minutes to go in the second half. Mooney connected on 3 consecutive long balls that gave Tech a 13-point lead. With three minutes to go, the lead was cut down to 1 but Michigan State could not capitalize. Michigan State had back to back turnovers and Culver would hit a dagger three. Tech scored the last 9 points of the game after Michigan cut it to 1. Just like Virginia, Texas Tech is playing in its first National Championship game.