George Schroeder, USA TODAY
MINNEAPOLIS — The redemption story is complete.
A year after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 in the NCAA tournament, Virginia has become a national champion for the first time in school history.
The Cavaliers needed overtime to complete a 85-77 victory against Texas Tech — De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer with just more than two minutes left finally gave them the lead for good, and they pulled away.
But in the end, the victory provided the ultimate validation for coach Tony Bennett’s style — defense-first, coupled with deliberate offense, which had led the Cavaliers to plenty of success (including four of the last six ACC regular-season championships) but questions about whether the approach would ever work during the NCAA tournament.