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Video: The National Anthem At The Title Game Was Awesome

A view of the National Anthem prior to the 2019 NCAA Tournament National Title game.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 08: Air Force technical sergeant Johnny Holliday performs the national anthem prior to the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four National Championship game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 08, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

It's finally here. The national title game college basketball fans have been waiting months for is about to tip off from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Virginia and Texas Tech fought their way through fierce competition to set up what should be a low-scoring title game.

The Cavaliers cruised to a controversial win over the Auburn Tigers in the Final Four on the back of Kyle Guy, who hit three free throws with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders have been the most-dominant team in the tournament and look to continue their incredible run.

Before tonight's game tipped off, Air Force sergeant Johnny Holliday played his rendition of the national anthem.

Check it out.

In a profile written by the Pioneer Press, Holliday spoke about his choice to use the saxophone for the rendition and what he hopes the audience will take away from his performance.

“It’s just about recognizing the patriotism of this country,” said Holliday, who is a technical sergeant, active guard and reserve. “My focus is on really ministering to the hearts of those people, with music.”

Holliday put together a beautiful performance before what promises to be an ugly offensive game.

Stay tuned.