Virginia opened as a 1-point favorite over Texas Tech at the Westgate sportsbook for Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball national championship game, but the line quickly moved to 1½ on Saturday night.
The total opened at 120 and quickly moved to 119½.
The Cavaliers escaped with a 63-62 victory over Auburn in Saturday’s first national semifinal when Kyle Guy was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 0.6 seconds left and made all three free throws. The Tigers, who erased a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes, covered as 6-point underdogs, and the game went under the total of 132.
Texas Tech held on for a 61-51 victory over Michigan State in the second national semifinal after blowing most of a 48-35 lead. Aaron Henry’s layup cut the Spartans’ deficit to 52-51 with 2:55 left. But Jarrett Culver scored seven points in the Red Raiders’ game-ending 9-0 run. Texas Tech covered as 2-point underdogs, and the game went under the total of 133½.