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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Virginia-Texas Tech championship game features record low total

Tony Bennett

As soon as Texas Tech beat Michigan State on Saturday to reach Monday’s national championship, many began wondering what the total would be for the game. After all, Texas Tech and Virginia are two of the best defensive teams in the country, not to mention low-tempo squads.

Well, the initial lines set by oddsmakers have met expectations.

SportsBetting.ag lists Virginia as a 1.5 point favorite over Texas Tech for the national championship. More importantly, they have the total at 119 points, which they say is the lowest ever for a national championship game. The previous low total (of over/under lines set since 1991) was in 2006 when Florida and UCLA had a 128 point total.

The total is the amount of combined points expected to be scored by the teams participating in a game. Gamblers bet whether the total points scored by the teams will be greater or less than the line set by oddsmakers.

Even though this is a record low total, don’t be surprised if the teams still come in under that mark.


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