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Villanova Clinch 2nd NCAA Title With Dominant Win Over Michigan

Villanova Clinch 2nd NCAA Title With Dominant Win Over Michigan

Michigan's Moritz Wagner (13) drives around Villanova's Omari Spellman (14) during the first half in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday in San Antonio.

There's plenty of time to talk about Villanova's place in history after the partying is done this week.

Villanova, which trailed by seven points early in the title game in the Alamodome, won all six of its NCAA Tournament games by double figures.

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

After the game, Villanova player Brunson said "I just think it starts with Coach Wright and his mentality of recruiting".

"We love Coach, and we really wanted to win this for him to get that first championship", said teary-eyed freshman Jordan Poole, who expects to be back to try again next season.

"I don't know what they're using but some poor guy from Villanova has to smear it all over the place", Radnor Police Lt. Chris Flanagan told the Philadelphia Inquirer ahead of the March Madness championship game Monday.




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.

He found his way to the line more in the second half although he hit back-to-back threes in the middle of the half to give the Wildcats their biggest lead at that point at 62-44. DiVincenzo, 21, is a graduate of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware. Isaiah Livers was down a ways, isolated from the rest of his team. Maybe all 10 if you could have forecast the infernal championship cameo from Donte DiVincenzo, who came off the bench to bury MI with 31 points. He was named Most Outstanding Player. What I mean by that is, that they are physically tough but they are also very athletic.

MI didn't battle through a pack of blue bloods to get to San Antonio, but while all the other favorites dropped like flies, MI took care of business and found ways to win, even without getting into an offensive rhythm for five of six tournament games.

Much like how workers greased poles around Philadelphia to prevent fans from scaling them after the Eagles's Super Bowl win in February, utility poles near Villanova were covered in grease to halt the potentially unsafe form of celebration. He shattered the previous game record for most points by a non-starter, beating out Luke Hancock's score of 22 in 2013.

Michigan's Final Four run this season capped a two-year transformation in Beilein's program.

"Even if we had played our best", Beilein added, "it would have been very hard to win that game with what DiVincenzo did". For the entirety of the game, there were few moments, if any, where Villanova fans had doubts in their minds that they would win.

"We'll always remember this run, this team", guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman said. MI kind of gets it to 10, boom, he shows up again. "Credit Villanova in both respects".


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