Friday, 20 April, 2018

Villanova Wins NCAA Championship

Bonfires were seen being lit around the Villanova campus outside Philadelphia Bonfires were seen being lit around the Villanova campus outside Philadelphia
Wallace Pearson | 05 April, 2018, 00:51

There was no denying Villanova.

Students at Villanova University are gearing up to welcome home their men's basketball team, who are returning with their second NCAA championship in three years. This time, they'll be celebrating with Villanova's third championship in their program's history. They won all six of their tournament games by double figures.

The Wildcats' recipe for success: Don't be shy about shooting the basketball, especially from deep. "I never dreamt of this". He fueled a first-half comeback from down 21-14, and he put on a show in the second, scoring 11 consecutive points midway through the half.

DiVincenzo, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after dumping a career-high 31 points on MI in the NCAA title game, was ridiculed afterwards for a series of regrettable Twitter posts that followed him from his youth all the way to the greatest moment of his life. Like I said, hopefully in the seven years since, DiVincenzo has learned from that and matured since high school. Isaiah Livers was down a ways, isolated from the rest of his team.

DiVincenzo, who finished with 31 points off the bench, even had a Michael Jordan-like wink for somebody at the broadcast table after the second dagger. He was a no-doubt victor of the Final Four's most outstanding player award.

"Me and Josh have a unique relationship", DiVincenzo said as he held court with reporters in the locker room long after most of the players were done doing interviews. "I guess I wasn't as aggressive anymore". "I just kind of found myself in a rhythm". So, it wasn't really a surprise when DiVincenzo said he was most proud of the two blocks in the title game than the game-high 31 points on 10-for-15 shooting.

Villanova set records for the most three-pointers made in a single NCAA tournament and in a single season. Like their Final Four matchup with Kansas, they would not stop. The Wildcats weren't as scorching Monday, hitting 10 out of 27 threes.

Conference realignment has done many things to many people.

Three months ago, the Wolverines were unranked in the AP poll.

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

"We couldn't get it going at either end", MI head coach John Beilein said to TBS.

Xavier won the Big East, and it and Villanova were both No. 1 seeds. One regarding Wright making the jump to the National Basketball Association was offered up, with a specific team mentioned to spur the conversation. Everybody talks about their offense. That's the first thing I thought. They make you forget this is supposed to be fun. And that was going to be important tonight. MI lost to Louisville in 2013 National Championship.

While Michigan couldn't pull off the upset, this March Madness had its share of uplifting underdog stories.

From a historical standpoint, this is the first time a city has been home to both the Super Bowl Champion and the victor of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The star of the tournament was 98-year-old nun Sister Jean, the team chaplain for Loyola-Chicago.

And finally, the illustrious career of Grayson Allen comes to an end after a controversial four years at Duke.

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

NOTES: Villanova became the first team since North Carolina in 2015 to lead the country in scoring and win the national title.

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