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Virginia stars Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter do their best to put their excitement into words after being crowned national champions. USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — There are 1,000 micromoments that decide games like these, and when everything seems so even, you can cherry-pick any of them to explain why Virginia celebrated its first national championship Monday night and Texas Tech coach Chris Beard wept at a news conference when he started to talk about how awful his players felt. 

But in a sense, the most refreshing part about was that it could be explained in the simplest way any basketball game could be explained: One team’s future NBA lottery

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