The 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament will culminate on Monday when the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Virginia Cavaliers will seek the championship.
For bettors, this is an interesting matchup, and the last chance to bet on March Madness until 2020.
National title game odds for Virginia vs. Texas Tech
The Cavaliers opened the action as a 1.5-point favorite at a lot of Nevada and New Jersey sportsbooks, with the historically low point total currently sitting at 117.5 or 118. The Red Raiders started as +2000 to win the tournament and Virginia was +550 when the tournament began.
At FanDuel Sportsbook NJ, Texas Tech has been attracting the early action, including two-thirds of the money on the spread coming in on the Red Raiders.
Virginia is generally around a -125 favorite on the moneyline at legal sportsbooks.
Prop bets in NJ include which player will win the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award:
Odds for Most Outstanding Player for #NCAATournament via @FDSportsbook favor #TexasTech guard Jarrett Culver at +170, followed by three #VirginiaCavaliers. Who are you #betting on? pic.twitter.com/6AhS0acUFV
— The Duel (@TheDuelSports) April 7, 2019
Handicapping the NCAA national title game
This game will swing upon Virginia’s ability to hit 3-point shots. Texas Tech is the most stifling interior defense in the nation, concentrating its efforts to limit opponents’ chances at high-percentage scoring opportunities.
If the Cavaliers can convert shot attempts from downtown and force the Red Raiders to cover more of the floor, they stand a great chance to win the 2018-19 NCAA tournament.
Where to bet on Texas Tech-Virginia
If you’re in one of these states, you can legally place bets on Monday night’s championship game:
New Jersey and Nevada are the only states that have legal online wagering in addition to land-based sports wagering. NJ online sports betting options include (among others):
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- BetStars NJ
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget Sportsbook
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
How Texas Tech and Virginia reached the NCAA title game
On Saturday, both the Cavaliers and Red Raiders defeated quality opponents, with the former doing so in a controversial fashion.
In a tight game between Virginia and the Auburn Tigers, Cavaliers junior guard Kyle Guy hit a 3-point shot with less than seven seconds left in regulation to cut the Auburn lead to a single point. After Tigers junior guard Jared Harper hit one of two free throws, Auburn spent their two fouls, and the ensuing possession ended up with Guy attempting another 3-point basket which hit the rim and bounced out as time seemingly expired.
A foul had been called on Auburn junior guard Samir Doughty which put Guy at the line with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Guy sank all three free throws to give Virginia the 63-62 win.
The later game wasn’t as close and free from controversy. Texas Tech’s defense limited Michigan State to just 15 field goals in the game and 11 fewer points than the Spartans had posted all season to nab the 61-51 victory. Now that the tournament’s title game is set, it’s time to consider betting prospects.
Bettors at BetStars NJ were hurting after this one; about two-thirds of the moneyline bets were on Auburn and Michigan State.