Why Michigan State wins National Championship ... and why they won't — March Madness

Why Michigan State wins National Championship ... and why they won't — March Madness

Still, even though Texas Tech is the best defensive team in the country, it's hard not to detect a whiff of good fortune in the opponent as well, a team with nearly no basketball tradition that would be as random a national champion since Loyola-Chicago in 1963 somehow managed to deny Oscar Robertson and Cincinnati a third straight title.

"I can't explain it, man".

Virginia was leading 63-62 when teammate Ty Jerome "double dribbled" the ball - picking it up and continuing to dribble after it bounced off his ankle during the game on Saturday. "A lot of people have helped me get to this point, have helped me along the way".

The defeats Michigan State has endured in the Final Four over the years have come in all flavors: They've fallen as high seeds expected to do great things and low seeds that surpassed expectations, and run into buzz-saws such as Duke and Arizona that were loaded with future National Basketball Association prospects and dropped down-to-the-wire nail-biters to the likes of Gordon Hayward and Butler.

The Spartans stayed in the game at the free-throw line. After hitting a jumper to put Tech up 54-51 and end an 8-0 Spartan run, Culver then drilled a 3-pointer with 1:01 to go that sealed the game by putting the Red Raiders up 58-51.

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But the moment was missed by the ref and Jerome was continue dribbling for the final three seconds of the game.

"I want to say this. might've been a good call".

Good advice for Virginia coach Tony Bennett and Auburn counterpart Bruce Pearl, too. That the Red Raiders thrive as underdogs, and getting a win over the Spartans would prove everyone who doubted them wrong, according to redshirt senior Tariq Owens. They're now living the dream, playing for a coach they idolized.

J.D. Collins, the NCAA's national coordinator of officiating, issued a statement explaining that the foul was called because Doughty "moved into the airborne shooter, making contact with Guy while taking away his landing spot". "The basic components of the principle of verticality are: "the defender may not 'belly up" or use the lower part of the body or arms to cause contact outside the vertical plane or inside the opponent's vertical plane".

With just 1.5 ticks left Kyle Guy works free in the corner and gets bumped. "Made it hard to get into the post, things like that", Winston said. "When we were out there shooting, it felt just like basketball".

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