Some movie scripts aren't as unbelievable as Virginia's story was. They were 12-12 from the line in overtime and iced the game easily.
They were down by four to Auburn in the semifinal with 17 seconds on the clock and pulled it out.
The last time two teams who had never won a championship played in the title game was the famed Michigan State-Indiana State final in 1979, when one of the largest television audiences in American sports history watched Magic Johnson's Spartans beat Larry Bird's undefeated Sycamores.
Monday night's championship game against the Cavaliers could very well be a low-scoring and tight contest that will come down to which team can best execute its half-court sets against the opposition's stingy defense.
"You have a scar, and it reminds you of that, but it's a memory, " Bennett said.
"Forget previous year, this is everything you dream of since you're a little kid", Ty Jerome said on Tuesday.
"Jerome had 16 points and eight assists in the title game".
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"I'm not even thinking about UMBC (last year) right now. Not a lot of people get along like we do, so to share this moment with them is unbelievable".
"We've all had our own battles, " said Virginia guard Kyle Guy, who was named the Final Four's most valuable player.
"When they come into my office I got a poster of "Rocky" on the steps", Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said.
"Kyle, first of all, have you changed your screen saver yet or your Twitter avatar, and what's it going to be?"
"I'll get around to it", Guy responded.
Just as impressively, Hunter shut down Texas Tech star sophomore Jarrett Culver, limiting him to 15 points on 5-of-22 shooting.
"That decision is still to be made. The Red Raiders went on to upset the Aggies, and we just kind of kept on doing it before games after that". "I should have went and taken Hunter...it was a great pass and I should have rotated".
"We embraced it. We didn't run away from it", Hunter said. Prior to the break, Hunter didn't perform at an optimal level, missing seven of his first eight shots, and that, combined with a profile not always associated with top-end status in the draft, gave skeptics ample fuel. Freshman guard Kihei Clark had the answer on the next possession, however, as he buried a three to make it a one-point game with 4:24 to play in the half. "Just staying aggressive. That's it".
"I'm just so proud of our guys fighting back and sending the game to overtime", Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard said. "He's got more - he's scratching the surface". He's also one of the better two-way players. The Red Raiders rallied and grabbed a three-point advantage with under a minute remaining.