Villanova wins their second national title in three years

05 April, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
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James said he never got a chance to see Spellman play in high school, but was impressed with the freshman's performance Monday night, as Spellman scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The Villanova team is the National Champion, beating MI 79-62.

They won all six games by double digits, joining the rare air of great teams such as Michigan State in 2000, Duke in 2001 and North Carolina in 2009.

Unlike in 2013, when the championship slipped away against Louisville, the 65-year-old will remember this ride only for its place among the most rewarding of his career, a lightly heralded MI team he branded as substance over flash -and rebranded into a defensive Goliath-evolving from unranked in the preseason to winners of a school-record 33 games.

"The best team won and I'm actually happy they won a little bit because we don't really speak that other team's name around here". Their progress could be crucial in helping the Wolverines replace whoever they end up losing. Nearly everyone in the Villanova rotation can guard multiple positions, allowing the team to switch screens if needed, and most of the players are quick enough to deny opponents their favorite spots.

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. However, when Villanova started cutting off driving lanes and forcing the Wolverines to settle for jumpers, the game changed.

"He's worked so hard to make himself the best player he can be every day", Brunson said. "You have to give them credit". The Big East is the best because Big East teams are complete basketball teams.

DiVincenzo has been Villanova's sixth man for most of the regular season, but he averaged 13.0 points coming off the bench.

For the first time in men's tournament history, a 16 seed beat a No. 1, with UMBC stunning Virginia.

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MI had about 15 good minutes to start, largely thanks to Beilein's gameplan to limit the Wildcats' 3-point shooting prowess while taking advantage of 6-foot-11 Moe Wagner's defensive mismatches.

"John Beilein is one of the greatest coaches of all time", Wright said.

As DiVincenzo was on his way to scoring a career-high 31 points in the Wildcats' victory over MI, his sudden celebrity led some on social media to look up his account.

At the start of the game, Villanova experienced a bit of a slow offensive start, with MI leading 12 to 8. He was close to unstoppable in the first half, scoring 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

"We don't really look at it that way", Wright said. "To experience this is a dream come true".

MI was led by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman's 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor.

"I can't put this into words", Brunson said. For the entirety of the game, there were few moments, if any, where Villanova fans had doubts in their minds that they would win.

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