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Finale NCAA: Badocchi campione con Virginia, Moretti a Texas Tech ci riproverà

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Terra di presidenti la Virginia (otto; e quattro dei primi cinque), e ora anche di campioni. I campioni NCAA per la prima volta nella storia. 
Nella storia, non solo dei Cavaliers, c’è anche Francesco Badocchi. Il primo italiano a tagliare la retina del college basketball. E pazienza se nel Torneo ha toccato il campo solo un minuto al primo turno contro Gardner-Webb.
Forse era scritto: e il sogno della Texas Tech di Davide Moretti, primo italiano alla Final Four, è naufragato nelle lacrime che il Moro poi trattiene a stento, con la voce rotta, in spogliatoio, dopo un ultimo atto per cuori forti: 85 a 77 all’overtime per la squadra di coach Tony Bennett. Più matura, completa e forse più ferita dopo il clamoroso upset, da numero uno contro la sedici Maryland Baltimore County, al primo turno lo scorso anno.
Moretti ha chiuso con 15 punti, col 50% sia da due sia da tre, e in difesa però non è riuscito a tenere Kyle Guy (esultante alla sua sinistra nella foto, nda) come invece aveva fatto…

Texas Tech 2018-19 Men's Basketball Roster

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#25 DAVIDE MORETTI
HEIGHT 6-2 WEIGHT 175 CLASS Sophomore HOMETOWN Bologna, Italy HIGH SCHOOL: -  Former club: Treviso Basket
PRIOR TO TEXAS TECH  One of the best international guards of the 2017 class … Combo guard who is a dynamic playmaker, scorer and shooter … Can attack the basket and his three-point shooting are top main weapons … Represented Italy at six FIBA events which include 2013 U16 European, 2014 U17 World, 2014 U16 European, 2015 U18 European, 2016 U20 European and 2017 U20 European Championships … Posted over 10 points per game in five of six tournaments most recently career-best with 13.3 points and 3.9 assists per game in 2017 U20’s … Italy won a bronze medal at 2016 U20’s … Averaged 12.7 points and 2.2 assists per game for Treviso Basket as best U22 player in the Serie A2 Division … Signed his Athletic Scholarship Agreement (ASA) in June 2017 … Chose Texas Tech over Indiana, UConn and Utah. ------------------------
#13 - MATT MOONEY
HEIGHT 6-3 WEIGHT 200 CLASS Redsh…

Meet the 2018-19 Virginia men's basketball team

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https://www.dailyprogress.com/cavalierinsider/meet-the---virginia-men-s-basketball-team/article_4435edc6-cb27-5183-9a02-2c95fa389a23.html
The Daily Progress staff reports Nov 3, 2018 
Kihei Clark - PG - Fr.
» Height: 5-9 » Weight: 155 » Position: Guard » Year: Freshman » Hometown: Woodland Hills, California » Last season: Averaged 19.4 points, 7.2 assists and 2.9 steals as a senior at Taft Charter High School. » The skinny: The California native begins his first season with the Virginia basketball program. Clark, who was impressive in the Blue-White scrimmage, could see some meaningful minutes in the backcourt, potentially as point guard Ty Jerome’s backup. Coach Tony Bennett called him a “pest” and meant it as a compliment.
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#5 - Kyle Guy - SG - Jr.
» Height: 6-2 » Weight: 175 » Position: Guard » Year: Junior » Hometown: Indianapolis
» Last season: Was a first-team All-ACC selection for the Cavaliers after leading the team in scoring (…

VIRGINIA-TEXAS TECH, I TEMI DELLA FINALE

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https://basketballncaa.com/virginia-texas-tech-i-temi-della-finale/?fbclid=IwAR0xn3svqjT67ZSguJamUuI2UpJJ4UhcZXH1oikT_YIL2GDTZp8OV7XYKD8
AUTORE RICCARDO DE ANGELIS Basketballncaa.com, 8 aprile 2019
Se siete fan di squadre da corsa e difese permissive, potreste essere tentati dal restare a dormire, ma molto probabilmente finireste per avere torto. Virginia e Texas Tech si giocheranno il titolo NCAA alle 3:20 italiane di stanotte in una gara che sarà di certo dominata dalle difese, ma che promette tanta adrenalina e che sarà resa intrigante dalle mosse e contromosse di due coach d’élite come Tony Bennett e Chris Beard.
Comunque vada, sarà una prima volta. Red Raiders e Cavaliers (sfida inedita) sono alla loro prima finale e, su entrambe le sponde, ci sono due nostri connazionali, Davide Moretti e Francesco Badocchi. Comunque vada, ci sarà il primo italiano di sempre ad alzare il trofeo.
Quest’anno è davvero difficile provare a confutare il vecchio adagio secondo il quale sono le difese …

National Championship Game Preview: Texas Tech vs. Virginia

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https://heartlandcollegesports.com/2019/04/07/national-championship-game-preview-texas-tech-vs-virginia/
by Matthw Postins April 7, 2019
The NCAA Tournament’s National Title game is Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Texas Tech will face Virginia. Here is our preview.
No. 3 TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (31-6) VS. No. 1 VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (34-3) 8:20 P.M., ET, CBS
All-Time Series:  Texas Tech and Virginia have never faced each other in basketball. This is Texas Tech’s first trip to the Final Four and this is Virginia’s first trip to the Final Four since 1984.
Head coaches:  Chris Beard, Texas Tech (76-30 at Texas Tech, 172-60 as NCAA head coach);  Tony Bennett, Virgnia (253-89 at Virginia, 322-122 as NCAA head coach).
Winner gets:  The 2019 NCAA National Championship. Neither program has won a national title in men’s basketball.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
Texas Tech: 
F Norense Odiase,  F Tariq Owens,  G Matt Mooney,  25 G Davide Moretti,  G Jarrett Culver. 
Virginia:  F Mamadi Di…

1st-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA title

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https://www.ncaa.com/game/basketball-men/d1/2019/04/08/texas-tech-virginia
APRIL 7, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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 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 2006, when Florida won the first of back-to-back titles.
College basketball's hierarchy, blue bloods in an array of shades from Duke to Kentucky, North Carolina to Kansas, is difficult to crack. Getting here started with Virg…