ESPN Stats & Info: Texas Tech and Virginia will each be making their first-ever appearance in the title game. It will be the first National Championship with two first-time participants since Magic Johnson’s Michigan State and Larry Bird’s Indiana State squared off in 1979.
Candace Buckner: It’s a hard day to be a U. of Virginia backer — especially a former player like #Wizards F Mike Scott. Bradley Beal joked the team held a moment of silence for Scott ahead of shootaround. “He took a tough one… I feel bad for him. He was on suicide watch last nite.”
And on the 136th attempt, the basketball gods relented. A No. 16 seed has finally beaten a No. 1 in the NCAA tournament. And even if you could see it coming somewhere, some time, in the future, it wasn’t supposed to be this. College basketball has never seen a bigger upset than Maryland-Baltimore County 74, Virginia 54. But it happened Friday night in the South Regional, taking down a team that just last week completed a golden 31-2 season with both the ACC regular season and conference tournament titles.