Cavs get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech

first_imgCavs get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech Virginia no longer only remembered for losing to a 16 seed in 2018 Published: April 8, 2019, 9:28pm Share: 4 Photos By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer Follow GO Share: Follow The Columbian on Instagram MINNEAPOLIS — Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season.And quiet those critics, too.Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win — a scintillating victory that came 388 days after a crushing setback that might have sunk a lesser team for years.But Virginia was better than that.A season after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 — the one thing that had never happened in a tournament where anything can — the Cavaliers watched a 10-point lead turn into a 3-point deficit before Hunter came to the rescue. The sophomore made the game-tying 3 with 12 seconds left in regulation, then made another with just over two minutes left in the extra period to give the Cavs the lead for good.“Surreal,” Hunter called it. “It’s a goal we started out with at the beginning of the season. We knew we were going to bounce back from last year. We achieved our dreams.”After going scoreless for the first 18 1/2 minutes, Hunter finished with a career-high 27 points, and if he leaves as a lottery pick — well, what a way to go. What a ride this was.A 1 seed once again, they fell behind by 14 early to 16th-seeded Gardner-Webb in this year’s opening round, and a nightmare seemed to be unfolding. But this time, they overcame it. Then, they beat Purdue in the Elite Eight when the game looked lost, and did the same against Auburn on Saturday — getting bailed out by a foul call and Kyle Guy’s three free throws with 0.6 seconds left.“I told them, I just want a chance at a title fight one day,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “That’s all I want. … You’re never alone in the hills and the valleys we faced in the last year.”Hunter’s key 3 in OT gave Virginia a 75-73 lead, and after the teams traded possessions, Tech guard Davide Moretti scrambled after a loose ball heading onto Virginia’s end of the court. It appeared it would be Texas Tech ball, but a replay showed Moretti’s pinkie finger had barely scraped the ball. Virginia got possession, and worked the ball into Ty Jerome, who got fouled and made two free throws.Brandone Francis missed a 3 on the other end, and Virginia pulled away — the first time this game felt remotely comfortable, even after Guy made a 3 to give the Cavs a 10-point lead with 10:22 left in regulation. He helped the Cavs bring home the first NCAA title for a program with a colorful, star-crossed and, now, very winning history.Ralph Sampson was in the house, but now it’s possible that Sampson and the name “Chaminade” won’t be at the top of Virginia’s resume anymore.Or “University of Maryland-Baltimore County.” That was the No. 16 seed that stunned the Cavs in the first round last year, its playful social media manager online Monday night tweeting congratulations shortly after the final buzzer. Hunter missed that game with a broken wrist, but nobody thought they’d miss him THAT much.Each of Virginia’s 34 wins leading to the final, and each of its scant three losses, were all punctuated by the reminder that only the end result would serve as the ultimate report card on whether the Cavs could truly shed the baggage of last year. Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, center, celebrates with guard Ty Jerome, left, after the championship game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt York) Photo Gallery Guy is not Virginia’s only clutch free-throw shooter, by the way. The Cavs went 12 for 12 from the line in overtime to ice this game. They scored the game’s final 11 points.As for the Red Raiders (31-7), well, what can you say?The team full of overlooked grinders refused to quit.They fell behind by 10 twice in this game — seemingly too much in a matchup between two legendary defenses that allowed way more than the projected total of 118 points — but just kept coming back.Jarrett Culver, also lottery-pick material, made a spinning left-handed layup over Hunter with 35 seconds left in regulation to put the Red Raiders ahead 66-65. After Jerome missed a teardrop on the other end, Norense Odiase got fouled and made two free throws to make it 68-65.The nation’s best defense couldn’t afford to give up a 3, but Jerome skipped a pass to Hunter, who was open on the wing — and spotted up and drained it. Culver missed a 3 with Guy in his face with a second left, and we were headed to overtime, the first extra session in the final since Kansas beat Memphis in 2008. “In terms of my guys, I’ve never been more proud,” Red Raiders coach Chris Beard said. “This is real life. We’ll bounce back.”The last five minutes of regulation and the OT featured several one-on-one matchups between the two NBA-bound stars, and Hunter came out the winner. He finished 8 for 16 after an 0-for-7 start. Culver, who stayed in his hometown of Lubbock to see how far he could take Tech, went 5 for 22 for 15 points, continuing a cold-shooting Final Four; he went 8 for 34 over the weekend.Both will likely move on to the NBA. Hunter will go there with a title.And somebody on Virginia ought to grab that sign.In the stands, a fan made a cardboard sign with the capital letters “UMBC” running vertically, and this spelled out after each letter. “Uva.” ”Makes.” ”Big.” ”Comeback.”The Cavs couldn’t have written it any better themselves. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

FastLane Listening The Best Podcasts for Road Trips

first_img The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Planning a road trip? Here’s everything you might need to plot a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek.The road trip: a quintessential American pastime. You stock up on road food, pile into the car with your buddies, and set out for adventure on the open highway. Taking in the sights and yucking it up with your carmates goes long way, but there’s that point in every road trip where you’re just. so. tired. of being. in. the car. That’s when it’s time to turn on some audio capable of turning the mood from “please make it stop” to “keep driving, I gotta hear this!” Add these podcasts to your road trip essentials list and you just might find yourself taking the long way to squeeze in a little extra listening time.Sincerely, XAs gripping as it is enlightening, Sincerely, X is a Luminary-exclusive TED podcast that plunges into the hidden stories that surround us. Each week, host Sarah Kay guides listeners through stories that are “too risky, painful, or controversial” to be shared openly, told by the anonymous people who lived them. From the woman who shares the details of her life in and after a cult to the ex-con who used the pain of his prison experience to lend a helping hand to other inmates, the stories shared on Sincerely, X are raw, powerful, and deeply personal in a way that can only be achieved through anonymity. Kay handles the series beautifully, probing deeper into the details of each story without losing the show’s deep sense of respect for its storytellers and their anonymity. The show is currently in its second season, so combine the newest episodes with the show’s 10-episode first season run and you’ll have plenty of miles worth of listening.ListenThe Only One in the RoomIn 2018, Laura Cathcart Robbins attended a popular retreat with hundreds of other writers, only to find herself surprisingly alone when she arrived. As the only black person at the retreat, Robbins felt unexpectedly isolated, and the experience prompted her to share her story on The Huffington Post. When people from all walks of life responded by sending her their own stories of feeling “othered,” Robbins realized the connections that can be uncovered by daring to share the stories of our loneliest moments. Episodes begin with guests completing the phrase “I was the only one in the room who…” and delicately settle their way into stories of pain, loneliness, altered perspectives, and self-realization. On its surface, The Only One in the Room is a podcast about feeling excluded, isolated, and “othered”. What it ultimately becomes, however, is an exercise in human empathy and a beautifully aching reminder of the common ground that lies between us all. Once you start an episode, you won’t want to stop, making the show perfect for whiling away long hours on lonely roads.ListenRadiolabRadiolab is almost as tough to describe as it is rewarding to listen to. Equal parts science, philosophy, politics, history, and humanity, the show is incredibly wide in scope and rich in heart. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich employ investigative journalism and a warm narrative style to bring you all the scoop on topics that include plant intelligence, driverless cars, medical triage, the U.S. nuclear chain of command, and the history of football. The hosts’ passion for every topic they cover is palpable and infectious. Because of the sheer vastness of the show’s topic pool, you can start pretty much anywhere you like, although truth be told, it only takes a couple of episodes before you find yourself scrolling back to the beginning for a complete listening. If you want a driving soundtrack that’s sure to spark conversation and will have you lost in an endless array of worlds you didn’t even know existed, Radiolab is a must-download.ListenSawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided MedicineIf you’ve ever spent more time than you’d care to admit watching those wild emergency room shows, Sawbones might be right up your alley. While it’s not filled with strange modern-day medical cases, it does take a deep dive into the annals of medical history, which is even weirder and more entertaining. Hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband, Justin, the show is addictively fascinating and bursting with personality. Every week, Dr. Sydnee lays out the strange and/or unsettling history of a medical procedure, condition, or phenomenon, while Justin cracks jokes and pretends to understand science. The couple’s lighthearted ribbing of each other and early medical practitioners (who came up with ideas like drinking plague poo, you know, for science) will have you wishing you could become best friends with them, travel back in time together, and put the show’s patron saint Pliny the Elder on blast. For all its silly overtones, the show is impeccably researched and genuinely educational. Start at the first episode and before you know it, you’ll be a full addict.ListenEar HustleAnother podcast giving ear-time to hidden stories is Ear Hustle, from Radiotopia. Hosted by visual artist Nigel Poor and former inmate-turned-full-time producer, Earlonne Woods, the podcast explores the realities of daily life in prison and affords inmates in San Quentin the opportunity to share their stories themselves. The show, which is now in its third season, has explored everything from lockdowns, falling in love behind bars, death row, and parenting from prison, all while remaining vigilantly focused on the humanity we too often fail to acknowledge in people who are incarcerated. Ear Hustle is not a rubbernecker’s delight, but rather a poignant, haunting, inspiring, and enlightening view of a world so often ignored by those untouched by it. If you’d like to open your mind out on the open road, this show is beyond worthy of a listen.ListenMy Brother, My Brother and MeSometimes the only cure for road boredom is childlike euphoria, which is why we’re including MBMBaM on this list. Hosted by your eldest brother Justin McElroy, your middlest brother Travis McElroy, and your sweet little baby brother Griffin McElroy, the show is a wild ride into the goof-filled minds of three siblings who spend “roughly five-sixths of an hour each week” doling out advice they have absolutely no business giving. The format of the show is simple: They cull questions from the existential dumpster fire that is Yahoo Answers, mix in some listener questions submitted via email, and spend the next 50 or so minutes turning it all into a sweet brew of totally unactionable advice. The real charm of the show, though, is the wild tangents the three go on as their responses inevitably morph into rants, oversharing, parody songs, and displays of pop-culture-reference one-upmanship. Starting this trip anywhere but the beginning would be a full sin, as the ever-evolving canon of characters, scenarios, and reflections on Scott Bakula are too rich to miss even one precious second of. Past episodes have included such wonders as the three brothers being completely pwned by Al Roker at the premier of Jimmy Buffet’s musical, “The McElroy Family Fun Hour Brought to You by Totino’s,” and so many Lin-Manual Miranda-related delights to list. The show has over 400 episodes, so buckle in for a long, beautiful journey. You might not get any actual advice from this advice-cast, but we promise you’ll be a better person for listening.ListenThe NoSleep PodcastAnother surefire cure for road boredom is the sheer terror that comes from listening to scary stories on a desolate highway in the middle of the night. The NoSleep Podcast is the perfect elixir of spookiness for anyone for whom horror stories are a guaranteed ticket to sleeplessness. The show is hosted by David Cummings, whose dulcet tones are the only source of comfort in an otherwise unsettling experience. He’s joined by a pool of voice-acting talent that turns every tale into a mini audio-drama, complete with eerie music and atmospheric sound effects. Stories are pulled from the popular subreddit of the same name, along with direct submissions from amateur and seasoned horror writers. While creepiness is a constant theme, subjects range from paranormal events to monsters to tales of stalkers and shadowy figures. The show is currently in its tenth season, so there’s plenty of content to make you regret that choice to drive through the night.ListenA Very Fatal MurderTrue Crime will, ironically, probably never die, but its recent spike in popularity on every medium from TV to podcasts may have you feeling a little disenchanted with the genre. Next time you hit the open road, queue up A Very Fatal Murder, from The Onion. As you might imagine, The Onion’s take on the genre is a rib-tickling one, and the podcast’s mocking of the genre is exquisite down to the tiniest detail. Narrator and “OPR” reporter David Pascall (voiced by writer David Sidorov) delivers lines like “Haley was a high achiever, a debate champion, a prom queen, a doting girlfriend. But Haley also excelled at being murdered,” in a manner that so perfectly mimics his IRL counterparts that at times you will almost-but-not-quite miss the absurdity. Even with its increasingly ridiculous (and hilarious) narrative, the show is exceptionally produced, with a soundtrack that is as richly layered as the likes of Serial or Dirty John. If you and your road trip companions are aching for an irresistible crime story without the forced realization that the world is a cruel, hopeless mess, well, then this one’s for you.ListenAnthem: HomunculusAside from having a name that kinda makes you feel like you know science or something when you say it out loud, Anthem: Homunculus is a truly unique musical podcast from the mind of John Cameron Mitchell, the award-winning author of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The series tells the story of Ceann, a failed artist who now finds himself crowdfunding for his life as he attempts to raise enough money to remove the tumor from his brain. As the series unfolds, you’ll find yourself absorbed in a constantly twisting musical mindfreak that will spit you out on the other side with an entirely new view of podcast theatre. Wavering just as rapidly as unexpectedly from stream-of-consciousness narrative to trippy art rock to devastatingly tangible musings on modern culture, Anthem: Homunculus is part podcast, part musical theater, part surrealist performance art, part social commentary, and all unapologetically eccentric. Oh yeah, did we mention it also features the vocal talents of stars like Glenn Close and Patti LuPone?ListenWait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!This weekly pod from radio masters NPR and WBEZ Chicago is a raucous, interactive show that mixes current events news with game-show style trivia. The show is staged and recorded in front of a live audience and features a rotating panel of commentators and listeners who take on the role of contestants. There are a variety of trivia challenges, including Bluff the Listener (in which contestants listen to three stories and choose which one is fake), Not My Job (in which celebrity guests are quizzed on subjects that are nowhere near their field of professional expertise), and, of course, a final Lightning Round. Woven into the trivia games are genuine (but often hilarious) discussions of the week’s news, along with panel predictions on how news stories will eventually conclude. Panelists and guests range from journalists and authors to comedians and performers, including Drew Carey, Mike Birbiglia, Salmon Rushdie, Madeleine Albright, Neko Case, Hannibal Buress, and so many more. If you’re looking for a car-friendly game to replace worn-out standards like Punch Buggy and I Spy, Wait Wait! is a perfect way to liven up a long haul.ListenIf you burn through all of these, you should check out the most entertaining fiction podcasts, our top overall picks for 2018, some spooky horror podcasts, a few educational history podcasts, these productive podcasts to help get your life together, podcasts to listen to at work, or The Manual’s own podcast. Need more suggestions? Here are some of our favorites for men’s fashion, craft beer, and true crime.If you’re new to podcasts, you’ll need one of the top apps for listening. Once you get to your destination, you can check out the best podcasts that have been adapted into TV shows.Article originally published April 27, 2018. Editors’ Recommendations How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked How to Support the Teachers in Your Lifelast_img read more