'This is Why They Lost': Texas Tech fans say Ted Cruz jinxed the team during the men's basketball championship

  • The University of Virginia defeated Texas Tech, 85-77 in overtime, to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship.
  • With 35 seconds left in the game, and Texas Tech leading by one point, Texas Senator Ted Cruz took to Twitter to post a selfie and offer his support.
  • After Cruz posted his selfie, Texas Tech lost to Virginia. Texas Tech fans took to Twitter to blame Cruz for apparently jinxing the game.
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz is getting slammed on social media – and this time, at least, it has nothing to do with politics.

Texas Tech University faced off against the University of Virginia on Monday night for the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game, with Texas Tech ultimately falling short to Virginia.

With 35 seconds left in the game, Cruz took to Twitter to post a selfie and offer his support for Texas Tech. “ONE point Lead. GO RED RAIDERS!!! #1 Defence” he wrote.

That one point lead for Texas Tech ultimately became a brutal eight-point loss, with Virginia winning the championship 85-77 in overtime.

And many Texas Tech fans took to Twitter to express why they felt Cruz’s awkward selfie cost them the game.

This isn’t the first time Cruz has been lambasted for apparently jinxing a Texas sports team: Houston Rockets fans similarly blamed the senator after the team lost to the Golden State Warriors during the playoffs last season.

Despite the loss, Cruz offered encouraging words after the game, tweeting that “all of Texas is proud of you.”

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