MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia, a fine tortoise of an app using a warmish 114-year history, a bent for deliberative basketball along with also an unthinkable splat of 13 weeks ago, spent Monday night climbing the last jagged rungs to a pinnacle. When finally it made the closing, agonizing measures in overtime, reached the top and looked around, it understood a feeling associated only with other people like Duke or North Carolina, the neighboring hares that constantly left it one of the overshadowed.
It was the first first-time men’s college basketball national champion in 13 years, and may see back through the landscape of one hell of a story. It might see Texas Tech, the finalist Virginia outlasted from 85-77 in that overtime, a group so great it’d hit on the NCAA tournament like some fantastic wind coming from the large plains of Lubbock, felling Michigan State, Gonzaga, Michigan and Buffalo.
Gaze back from up high, and Virginia could see the carnival of drama that helped it twist out of doom in life-shortening matches against Purdue, Auburn and Texas Tech. Squint harder, and it might see back to March 2018, when Virginia became the first No. 1 seed in tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed, a bewildering 74-54 thud from Maryland Baltimore County, the nadir of a five decades of tortured Marches. Yet right in front, it might see the droves in blue and orange in U.S. Bank Stadium, reveling as noise cascaded from lovers who seldom dared dream of such a thing.
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