MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Slap the floor, bend those knees and get both hands up.
This national championship game is going to be a clinic on defense.
Virginia and Texas Tech are the last two teams alive in the NCAA Tournament, and they’re in the final because they barely let their opponents breathe when possessing the ball.
Two of the three best defenses in the nation will meet for the title on Monday night, the first appearance in the final for each program.
Virginia stunned Auburn 63-62, when Kyle Guy sank three free throws with 0.6 seconds left after a late foul call. Then Texas Tech grinded past Michigan State 61-51, buoyed by 22 points from Matt Mooney and bolstered by coach Chris Beard’s smothering defensive approach.
No matter the number of shots made, though, the trophy will be lifted and the confetti will be dropped at U.S. Bank Stadium, where 72,711 fans packed the 3-year-old football facility for the semifinal games on Saturday night.