Final Four 2019 schedule: Tipoff times, betting lines
After two weekends of non-stop basketball, March Madness (now in April) is down from 68 teams to just Auburn, Virginia, Texas Tech and Michigan State. Four teams will play three games on two nights to crown one champion.
Auburn vs. Virginia gets things started with a 6:09 p.m. ET tipoff. The No. 5-seed Tigers outlasted an opening-round scare from No. 12-seed New Mexico State to survive and advance to knock off blue bloods Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky to win the Midwest Region. As of Saturday morning, UVA is a 5.5-point favorite. Auburn likely wouldn’t have it any other way. Bruce Pearl’s squad embraced its underdog status in the Round of 32, Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight to get here.
After the Auburn-Virginia game, the second championship game spot will be decided when No. 3-seed Texas Tech faces No. 2-seed Michigan State, a tipoff of around 8:49 p.m. ET depending on when the first game wraps up (assuming no overtime). MSU coach Tom Izzo is the veteran of the four coaches, having guided the Spartans to a 2000 national championship. Red Raiders coach Chris Beard also has Final Four experience…from drinking beer in the lobby at games over the years. If Texas Tech knocks off MSU, there will be a few celebratory beers consumed in Lubbock. MSU is currently favored by 2.5 points.
Both games from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will air on CBS.
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