Virginia vs. Texas Tech Betting Picks: Our Staff’s 6 Favorite Plays for 2019 National Championship Game

Apr 08, 2019 06:49 PM EDT
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  • Looking to bet the national championship game between Virginia and Texas Tech? Our experts have some thoughts.
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In a game of this magnitude, you’ll often get differing opinions. Is that how our staff is feeling for Virginia vs. Texas Tech in the national championship game?

Our college basketball experts are giving it one last go in the 2018-19 season and making arguments for their favorite plays in the national championship game. Let’s dive in.

Ken Barkley: Virginia -1

Texas Tech keeps getting more and more credit in the market and keeps blasting right on through those barriers. I’m actually ecstatic as a Virginia futures holder that Chris Beard won’t have much time to prepare, because his defensive game plans scare me to death.

I thought the Red Raiders number had overcorrected too much against Michigan State and it’s gone even further here. They are now dead even with a team that was historically great for much of the year. I have to believe we’ve gone too far, but I’ve been wrong on this team before.

Your best strategy is to probably live bet Texas Tech at the half, looking to take Virginia with 10 minutes left in the game because Beard’s halftime adjustments have been other-worldly. You’d have secured a juicy middle basically every game of the tournament by doing this.

Eli Hershkovich: Virginia-Texas Tech Under 118.5

The Red Raiders have the lowest Adjusted Defensive Efficiency in the history of KenPom era (2002-2019) while the Cavaliers have generated the fifth-rated defense in the country this season.

This national title game is positioned for a similar result to the 2011 UConn-Butler final, which saw a combined 94 points, as each of these teams are generating a below-average possession length to go along with their stellar defenses.

UVA averages the fewest possessions per game across Division I and loves to use the entire shot clock. Beyond the double bonus playing a crucial role or an overtime session, expect a final score within the 50s for each side.

Stuckey: Virginia Moneyline (-120)

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