Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt Google official denies allegations of ties to China MORE (R) is getting heat from social media users who are accusing him of “jinxing” the Texas Tech University Red Raiders, who lost the NCAA men's basketball national championship game in an overtime contest against the University Virginia Cavaliers on Monday night.

Cruz took a selfie from the game and shared it with 35 seconds to go, touting the Red Raiders top-ranked defense just after his team had taken back the lead.

“35 seconds. ONE point LEAD. GO RED RAIDERS!!! #1 Defense,” Cruz wrote in the tweet, which showed Cruz smiling from the stands while attending the championship game.

Texas Tech's lead rose to 3 points, but then Virginia's D'Andre Hunter hit a corner three with just 12 seconds to go, tying the game. 

Texas Tech then had two chances to win the game in regulation but failed to sink a shot, sending the game to overtime. Virginia ran away from the Red Raiders in the extra period, winning 85-77. 

“A heartbreaking loss, but an AMAZING game,” Cruz said after the game. “Congrats to @TexasTechMBB for a history-making season. Overtime in the National Championship — all of Texas is proud of you. #GunsUp.”

However, many Texas Tech fans were not as warm to the senator after the game’s final outcome, blaming his “jinx” tweet as the reason for the team’s loss.