History was made on Saturday night by the Red Raiders of Texas Tech when they overcame Michigan State 61-51 to advance to the NCAA Championship Game. The Red Raiders did so after the Spartans had cut their lead to one (52-51) with just under three minutes left. It was constant and relentless, but their vaunted defense won the day over and over down the stretch, allowing them to not give up a single point the rest of the way as Tom Izzo’s men fell just short of making it to the final hurdle. Texas Tech moves on to it for the first time after getting 22 points from Matt Mooney, showing that they aren’t all about their defense!
Unfortunately, the first game of the evening between Virginia and Auburn will forever be shrouded in controversy, unlike the night cap. Kyle Guy was the hero for the Cavaliers, and the goat for the Tigers, as he willed his team to a 63-62 victory that sees them remain the only #1 seed in the tournament. First of all, Guy had to hit a contested three-pointer just to keep his team in it. And he did that, draining a shot from right in front of his own bench to make it 61-60. Then, madness ensued. And not the March variety. The absurd referee variety. You can’t blame the kid for doing his best to win the game, but the call just can’t happen. On the way up with a potential game-winning three with the score at 62-60, Guy drew ‘contact’ and a foul was whistled after he missed the attempt. He drained all three free throws and since time was up, there was no time for the Tigers to come back. Many feel Guy conned it there, and it does look like it. But that’s basketball in 2019, what do you expect when the NBA guys are doing it?