De’Andre Hunter, Virginia
The 6-foot-7 sophomore scored 22 of his career-high 27 points in the second half and overtime to lift the Cavaliers to their first national title. Hunter shot 8-for-16 from the field and 7-for-9 on free throws and also had nine rebounds.
Ty Jerome drove to the basket and kicked out to an open Hunter in the corner, and Hunter’s three-pointer with 12.9 seconds left in regulation tied the score 68-68 before Virginia survived a couple of late Texas Tech shots to go to OT.
BY THE NUMBERS
8 Championship games to go to OT. This was the first one since 2008, when Kansas’ Mario Chalmers hit an iconic three-pointer at end of regulation against Memphis.
10 This is the first national title game in which both teams made at least 10 three-pointers (21-for-54 combined).
11-0 Virginia’s run in OT, including 8-for-8 shooting from the foul line.
67 Combined points scored by Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and Hunter.
162 Combined points, making this the highest-scoring championship game since 2000, when Michigan State beat Florida 89-76.