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Make it 2 out of 3 as Villanova Buries Michigan

Villanova Handles Michigan For NCAA Title Make it 2 out of 3 as Villanova Buries Michigan
Edward Snyder | 04 April, 2018, 02:06

Bridges provided 19 critical points.

DiVincenzo has been an NCAA Tournament star for Villanova for his entire career, even when he wasn't physically able to take the court. It's the second national title for Villanova in the last three seasons. He now has the record of scoring the most points in a NCAA final with 31, surpassing Miles Simon who scored 30 for Arizona back in 1997.

Before DiVincenzo scored his first basket, MI led 14-8. From 13 three-point shots in the first half Saturday night, the Wildcats had made one. He opened with an apology as absurd as it was endearing: "I'm sorry we couldn't get that done tonight".

On defence, during one stretch he forced a driving Zavier Simpson into a miss and then, on the next possession, the six-foot-five DiVincenzo straight-up blocked an attempted dunk by Isaiah Livers.

DiVincenzo provided an immediate offensive spark, stroking in long 3-pointers and driving hard to the basket. The story sounds great, but it doesn't check out. The redshirt sophomore shooting guard was a four-star recruit out of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware, attracting the likes of Syracuse, Notre Dame, Florida State, Florida and Pittsburgh.

Villanova has won the NCAA men's basketball championship for the second time in three years, and they did it in dominating fashion, 79-62.

DiVincenzo said adjusting to coming off the bench early this season was not easy at first. Now? "It all starts with him".

Villanova's way should challenge our own preconceptions. "They'll just think we played Villanova basketball".

But Villanova's experience shows the difference is one of degree, not kind. It's happened to Larry Nance Jr. and countless other players. Players come out early, but not as freshmen. And why not? All classes are canceled at Villanova on Tuesday, the school announced. "It just shows you how much depth we have as a team and how we don't care who gets the credit". Plus, just like 2016, the title game was not on CBS but on cable.




"I can't put this into words", Brunson said. Fouled Out-Matthews. Rebounds-Michigan 26 (Wagner 7), Villanova 38 (Spellman 11). There is a pattern here.

We're talking about right here, right now, and selecting a coach to lead your program over the next 10, 12, 15 years. Wright and his staff carry a chart around that projects every player's next three seasons. It was an anti-climactic ending to a dramatic tournament that gave us the first No. 1 seed losing to a No. 16 seed and the fourth No. 11 to reach the Final Four. They are hungry, having last won the trophy in 1989 under coach Steve Fisher.

"Wow", Wright said softly, leaning back against the wall and lost in thought when he heard that trivia. But they are also, undoubtedly, the best team. "They're a really good team defensively and when they play like that, they're tough to beat".

The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to describing the awesome season that Villanova was able to cap off with a win.

DiVincenzo was on the bench when Kris Jenkins hit the victor at the buzzer to give Villanova the championship against North Carolina. "We have so many talented dudes that can just get going".

As the new guys become the old guys, the process replicates itself. "So we're always doing that and evaluating our young people. And we know what we're going to get next year". That player was back on Monday nightt. Older by nine years, John took Donte everywhere with him when they were little, bringing him to the park, playing one-on-one and teaching him the game of basketball. He practiced extensively in the summer with Jenkins and Arcidiacono. Kyle Lowry from Toronto. He met Randy Foye at the Big East's freshman orientation in the fall.

Beilein pointed out that there is more than just securing players. Luke Hancock scored 22 points for Louisville during its victory over the Wolverines in the 2013 title game.The Wolverines were an underdog in this matchup at the Alamodome, but they got off to an encouraging start.

They know they are done at Villanova. For the Butler loss, they did not have Gillespie available.

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