Virginia Wins National Championship

Virginia Wins National Championship

One year after making unwanted history, Virginia captured the

program's first-ever national title by outlasting Texas Tech 85-77

in overtime in the championship game of the NCAA Men's Basketball

Tournament. The Cavaliers got clutch performances from DeAndre

Hunter and Kyle Guy to erase the memory of last year's first-round

loss to UMBC as a No. 1 seed, as Hunter scored a career-high 27

points and hit a crucial 3-pointer with 12.1 seconds left that

forced OT. Guy finished with 24 en route to being named the Final

Four's most outstanding player.

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Rick Barnes has rejected an offer to become UCLA's next coach and

will remain at Tennessee, Volunteers athletic director Phillip

Fulmer said in a statement. The 65-year-old Barnes has resurrected

the Vols since taking over prior to the 2015-16 season, leading

them to a No. 1 ranking in the polls and a Sweet 16 appearance this

season. According to ESPN, UCLA had attempted to pry Barnes away

with a contract worth $5 million per year in addition to bonuses

and incentives.


Purdue guard Carsen Edwards and Kansas forward Dedric Lawson

announced they will skip their senior seasons and enter the NBA

draft. The 6-foot-1 Edwards ranked among the national scoring

leaders at 24.3 points per game and averaged 34.6 per game during

the Boilermakers' run to the Elite Eight. Lawson, a transfer from

Memphis, led the Big 12 in scoring and rebounding while finishing

second nationally with 22 double-doubles in his lone season with

the Jayhawks.


Duke point guard Tre Jones, on the other hand, said he'll return to

the Blue Devils for his sophomore season. The former five-star

recruit was considered a potential first-round pick after leading

the ACC with a 3.62 assist-to-turnover ratio and establishing

himself as one of the nation's top on-the-ball defenders. Maryland

forward Jalen Smith also announced he'll return for his sophomore

year after averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman.

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