The first half was interesting, because while Virginia managed to grind things down to the slow, methodical pace that has become their trademark under Tony Bennet, Auburn took a 31-28 lead into the locker room.
J.D. Collins, the national coordinator of officiating, explained the call in a statement: "With 0.6 seconds remaining in tonight's national semifinal game between Virginia and Auburn, Virginia's Kyle Guy was fouled on a three-point attempt by Auburn's Samir Doughty".
Virginia was not yet in the bonus, and Auburn brilliantly used a couple of fouls to whittle time off the clock.
In a game that will be remembered for Guy hitting three supremely important free throws, it was two of his teammates who put the Cavaliers in position to pull off another improbable finish.
- Thousands of fans came to Minneapolis to watch their favorite team play in the Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium, but for those who didn't get in, the party is just as fun elsewhere in the city.
From one-and-done to NCAA Tournament miracle men, Virginia will play in the national championship game for the first time after pulling off another last-second stunner on a disputed foul with 0.6 seconds left.
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Of the teams in the Final Four, Texas Tech and Auburn are first-timers.
The game actually looked to be effectively over when Virginia led 57-47 with 5:22 remaining, but the Tigers fought back thanks to three made 3s down the stretch by Bryce Brown. "I lost the ball", he said.
"These are moments that every basketball player dreams of, hitting the games-winning shot or free throws or whatever", Guy said.
"I've been to like 24 Final Fours", he said.
Of note: The victor will appear in the national championship game for the first time. That's because Virginia was the first No. 1 seed to ever lose to a No. 16 seed, bounced in Orlando by UMBC.
And college basketball fans were impressed with his composure and perfection after he went 3-for-3 at the line to win the game for Virginia.