The 2019 College Basketball National Title game is set. The No. 3 Texas Tech Raiders will face the top-seeded Virginia Cavliers this Monday at 9:20 PM ET from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
A Closer Look at How To Bet The College Basketball National Title Texas Tech vs Virginia
Oddsmakers have set a spread line that implies one of the closest College Basketball National Championship games in recent memories. The Virginia Cavaliers are -1 favorites against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The over/under total is lower than it’s been in years at 117 ½.
Why Bet on Texas Tech +1
Since a 74-79 loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament, Texas Tech has turned into a juggernaut of a college basketball team. The Red Raiders have dominated their foes in the NCAA Tournament, going 5-0 both SU and ATS.
No win was as impressive as the 61-51 victory over Michigan State in the Final Four Semifinals. Texas Tech held Michigan State to 31.9% shooting from the field and 29.2% shooting from three. Tech’s playing better than Virginia. It could show on Monday night.
Why bet on Virginia -1
The Virginia Cavaliers have been one of the top teams in college basketball all season long. They battled Duke and North Carolina throughout the ACC Regular Season while leading the nation in points allowed.
Opponents average 55.5 points per game versus the Virginia Cavaliers. UVA holds their opponents to 38.4% from the field and 28.7% from three. In the 63-62 win over Auburn in the Final Four Semifinals, the Cavaliers held the Tigers to 38.2% from the field and 29% from three. If they play that type of defense on Monday night, they could in the NCAA Tournament.
Expert Pick & College Basketball National Championship Prediction
Virginia got lucky at the end of semifinals versus Auburn when the referee called a foul on a three-point shot that sent the Cavaliers to the line. Yes, you read that right. Virginia won by hitting 3 free throws at the end of the game.
But, although that’s true, it doesn’t mean UVA can’t beat Texas Tech on Monday night. The Cavaliers have been the much better team throughout the season, which is why they have a shot to beat the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech hasn’t just beaten their NCAA Tournament foes, though. They’ve dominated. Not only that, there’s a key stat that should hand the Red Raiders the win on April 8.
Virginia shoots 39.3% from three. The Cavaliers have used three-point shooting to keep them in games and get them victories throughout this tournament. Unfortunately for UVA, the Red Raiders’ three-point defense has been on a different level in the tournament.
Texas Tech held Michigan to 31.6% from behind the arc, Gonzaga to 26.9%, and Michigan State to 29.2%. Unless Virginia suddenly breaks the Red Raiders stranglehold on three-point shooting, Texas Tech should win, and it might not be all that close.