The Red Raiders knocked off Michigan State Saturday night to solidify the matchup. On a night when Bennett's team was recording its best shooting of the tournament since the Gardner-Webb game, the lack of scoring opportunities almost cost the Cavaliers their season.
Oddsmakers at BetOnline.AG list Virginia as a six point favorite to beat Auburn. The over-under sits at 132.5 points. Tech owns a 13.9-point scoring margin, Michigan State 13.2. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information. They followed that up with a 75-69 win over No. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite Eight. The Spartans shoot 48 percent from the floor, the Red Raiders 47 percent.
Brown trimmed the lead to 57-51, sticking his second 3-pointer of the game with four minutes left after Jerome picked up his fourth foul - one minute after being whistled for No. 3 - defending 70 feet from the basket. He also tallied five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Guy got the chance at the game winning free throws because of a foul being called on Samir Doughty in the last second.
The Duke duo was named to The Associated Press All-America team on Tuesday, becoming the second freshman teammates to make the first team in the same season. As they made the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis their headquarters this past week, they could fondly recall all 10 of Michigan State's Final Four runs, and some of them have ideal attendance.
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Spartans point guard Cassius Winston and forward Nick Ward both said they haven't thought about the decision of whether or not to declare for the National Basketball Association draft yet.
"We definitely are starting to change perceptions", Auburn forward Anfernee McLemore said.
Guy nailed a crucial three with nine seconds to go to cut the deficit to 61-60.
The Red Raiders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall. But even the victory over the Boilermakers might take a back seat in Virginia lore to what happened against Auburn. "I don't think it made us a basket". "I'll never forget the night we got the Texas Tech job and sitting around thinking, 'OK".
It's been a long time coming for a program who has seen all-time greats like Ralph Sampson come through the ranks.