The 2019 NCAA Tournament is in the books and the Virginia men’s basketball team are your national champions. On Monday, April 8, the top-seeded Cavaliers faced off against the No. 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was a back-and-forth game that went down to the wire, with Tony Bennett’s squad ultimately earning an overtime win.
As a result, for the first time in the history of the Virginia men’s basketball program, the Cavaliers were national champions.
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.
Virginia became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
Now, they have the ultimate redemption.
You can check out some videos from the Cavaliers’ celebration below.
Virginia punched its ticket to the national championship with an impressive run through the field. The Cavaliers 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.