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A title denied, Texas Tech looks forward with pain and resolve

By Zach Griffith | @ZachGriffith17

Sports Capital Journalism Program

MINNEAPOLIS – They were less than 20 seconds away from having done it. Chris Beard was about to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Bob Knight, to become a championship coach. The Texas Tech Red Raiders were poised to assume kingship over the entire college […]

Postcard from Minneapolis: Bob Ryan, Mike Breen and me

Mere hours after landing in Minnesota on Thursday, I found myself in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott near U.S. Bank Stadium, dumbfounded, listening to the legendary Bob Ryan tell Mike Williams and I his favorite Larry Bird stories.

I was like a kid in a candy store, leaning against the wall and sharing […]

Postcard from Minneapolis: Getting back to the Final Four, wondering how to do it again

I’m sitting in the media workroom several hours before Virginia and Texas Tech tip off for a men’s national championship. I need to be putting notes together to prepare for the game, but the only thing that I can think is, “This is insane! I’m here again!”

I covered the NCAA Final Four for the […]

Virginia basketball: De’Andre Hunter scored a career-high 27 points on the night when his team needed him most

By Mike Williams | @MikeWritesSport

Sports Capital Journalism Program

Editor’s note: Sports Capital Journalism Program student Mike Williams, writing for NCAA.com, writes how Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter saved his best performance of his young career for when his team needed him most – in the national championship game.

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Jarrett Culver’s second half surge not enough to lift Texas Tech past Virginia in national championship game

By Zach Griffith | @ZachGriffith17

Sports Capital Journalism Program

Editor’s note: Sports Capital Journalism Program student Zach Griffith, writing for NCAA.com, describes how Jarrett Culver’s second-half performance helped elevate Texas Tech to overtime in the national championship but wasn’t enough to push the Red Raiders past Virginia.

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