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ESPN's 2nd Half Prediction For Virginia-Texas Tech

Texas Tech and Virginia at the tipoff.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 08: Tariq Owens #11 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Mamadi Diakite #25 of the Virginia Cavaliers battle for the opening tip-off during the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four National Championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 08, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

There are only 20 minutes remaining in the college basketball season. We should be heading toward a tremendous finish.

At halftime in Minneapolis, Virginia and Texas Tech are locked in a tight battle, as expected. A three-pointer by Virginia's Ty Jerome in the final seconds of the half gave the Cavaliers a 32-29 lead.

Virginia closed the half on an 11-4 run. Kyle Guy (10 points, 4-of-7 shooting) and Jerome (8 points, 3-of-8) are pacing Tony Bennett's team.

For the Red Raiders, Davide Moretti has scored eight points, while Brandone Francis has provided much-needed punch off the bench with eight points of his own.

ESPN has released its second half prediction for the game. It strongly favors Virginia.

The Cavaliers are given a 71.5 percent chance of winning the game.

A graph showing the statistics from the first half of the national title game played between Texas Tech and Virginia.

The second half of the national championship game is coming up shortly on CBS.

Whichever team wins tonight will be the first first-time national champion in the NCAA Tournament since Florida in 2006.