Villanova Clinch 2nd NCAA Title With Dominant Win Over Michigan

05 April, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Some of the bonfires appeared to be lit on the streets of Radner Pennsylvania

Villanova won all six of its tournament games by double figures.

The Wildcats' recipe for success: Don't be shy about shooting the basketball, especially from deep.

That brings us to Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats. But for me, this is why I coach: To be in that locker room right now with these kids and to have this opportunity to tell them, 'This is life'.

MI could easily be a top-10 team to start next season, but before the Wolverines deal with expectations like that, they can look back with pride on what they accomplished in 2017-18.

The sophomore guard had 12 points and an assist during a first-half run to help the Wildcats (36-4) pull ahead, then scored nine straight for Villanova midway through the second to put the game away.

He played for a Catholic school, Salesianum, which he led to two state championships and was named the DE player of the year after his senior season.

Even worse, the Wolverines' entire bench went a combined 3 for 12 while contributing only seven points - or 24 fewer than DiVincenzo, the Wildcats' extraordinary sixth man. Isaiah Livers was down a ways, isolated from the rest of his team.

A bench player putting up 31 points in the national title game is certainly an accomplishment worth noting, but let's not sell Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo short by calling him a mere substitute who picked the ideal time to have the game of his life. He was named Most Outstanding Player.

"Honestly, I didn't look at the score at all", DiVincenzo said.

I mean, they won the championship and all, but what could this season have been if they'd been healthy all year?

Villanova set records for the most three-pointers made in a single NCAA tournament and in a single season. In the Final Four, the Wildcats blew out Kansas and MI.

No, Michigan did not play well against the Wildcats, hitting 3-of-23 shots from beyond the arc.

DiVincenzo is a sneaky good athlete who shoots the three-ball at a 39.5 percent clip which would be good enough to lead most teams. The game needed the example of Loyola Chicago to restore the charm of amateurism during this tournament, but it was desperate for a team with the characteristics of Villanova to win the whole thing.

Senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led MI with 23 points, while junior Moritz (Moe) Wagner had 16.

"Villanova's blowout win over MI delivered a 10.3 overnight rating across TBS/TNT/truTV". They're a really good team defensively. Everybody talks about their offense. I thought we did get some open shots. And that was going to be important tonight. "If you don't do anything with it, just because you suffered a loss, that's not going to make you better".

John Wooden didn't win his first national championship until his 16th season at UCLA. Luke Hancock scored 22 points for Louisville during its victory over the Wolverines in the 2013 title game.

Everybody loves a Cinderella story- The Cinderella story has defined and made March Madness what it is, so what is a Cinderella story?

The shocks extended to the women's tournament as well.

Villanova players flash their fingers in a "V" symbol to celebrate big wins.


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