The Virginia men’s basketball team made history on Monday, April 8, knocking off the No. 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders in the 2019 NCAA Tournament Final to claim the program’s first-ever national championship. The No. 1 seed Cavaliers needed overtime at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but ultimately got the job done.
As you would expect, local newspapers jumped at the opportunity to celebrate the historic achievement by dedicating their front pages to the Cavaliers.
You can check out some of the headlines below.
— Sports Front Pages (@SportsFrontPage) April 9, 2019
Texas Tech punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament Final after knocking off No. 2 Michigan State in the Final Four. They had earned their Final Four bid after a run through the West Region which included wins over No. 14 Northern Kentucky, No. 6 Buffalo, No. 2 Michigan, and No. 1 Gonzaga.
Virginia, meanwhile, knocked off No. 16 Gardner-Webb, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 12 Oregon, and No. 3 Purdue in the South Region before taking down the surprising No. 5 Auburn Tigers in the Final Four.
This season marked the third time Virginia had ever reached the Final Four, but they were finally able to get over the hump after a disastrous tournament outing last season. It was just one year ago, that Bennett and the Cavaliers entered the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament before suffering a stunning upset in the opening round to No. 16 seed UMBC.