NCAA: Texas Tech to face Virginia for title

Final score: Texas Tech 61, Michigan State 51

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Xavier Tillman #23 of the Michigan State Spartans shoots the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the 2019 NCAA Final Four semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 6, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minneapolis, Minn. - No. 3 Texas Tech will play for the first national title in program history after beating No. 2 Michigan State 61-51 Saturday night in the Final Four.

Waiting for the Red Raiders (31-6) in Monday night's national championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will be No. 1 Virginia, a team also seeking its first national title.

After reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in program history in 2018, Texas Tech will seek to go all the way this season.

With Saturday's victory, Texas Tech knocked off a Michigan team for the second time in three games, having also beat the second-seeded Michigan Wolverines 63-44 in the Sweet 16. They followed that up with a 75-69 win over No. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.

The Big 12 regular season co-champions bounced back from their upset loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals once the NCAA Tournament began, opening up with a 72-57 win over No. 14 Northern Kentucky followed by a 78-58 victory over No. 6 Buffalo.

Michigan State, who shared the Big Ten regular season title with Purdue before winning the conference tournament, wrap up their season with a 32-7 record.

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