Larry Bird

First-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA men's basketball title

First-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA men's basketball title

For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision.

The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament championship game Monday night. Neither program has ever been this close to a title, making it a rare matchup of first-timers to the final game of the college basketball season. The last time both teams in the championship game had never been there before was 40 years ago, when Magic Johnson and Michigan State beat Larry Bird and Indiana State.

Between the Red Raiders (31-6) and Cavaliers (34-3), a first-time champ is guaranteed. The last one of those was crowned in...

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