Defense should rule NCAA title game



April 8, 2019 - 10:06 AM

MINNEAPOLIS — Fans of uptempo offenses aren’t going to be thrilled with the NCAA championship game matching Virginia and Texas Tech.

The finalists are defensive-minded teams that play many long possessions and don’t score often in transition. This won’t be a track meet kind of game. Tech leads the nation in defensive efficiency, the Cavaliers in scoring defense.

But Virginia is a superb shooting team, hitting 39 percent of its 3-pointers, and Tech has a standout in Jarrett Culver, who averages nearly 20 points per game. Culver had only 10 against Michigan State in the semifinals, so a big game may be in order.

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