Villanova Basketball: DiVincenzo's heroics spell title for Wildcats

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There was no denying Villanova.

They may never be recognized with 1996 Kentucky or 1992 Duke or even 2008 Kansas or 2009 Carolina, but the 2018 Villanova Wildcats became champions. But with the benefit of hindsight, you could have played the NCAA tournament 10 more times, and an all-time Villanova team that won every game in March by double digits-the first to do so since UCLA in 1967 -would have mowed through nine of them just the same.

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

Wright, though, doesn't sound like a coach who is ready to leave Villanova.

"I really can't get my mind around it", Wright said on the TBS broadcast.

Things looked good early on for MI as they jumped out to a 21-14 lead midway through the first half.

SAN ANTONIO - As soon as his 3-pointer went through the net to push Villanova's lead to 18 points with less than eight minutes left in the game, Donte DiVincenzo turned and winked at the crowd - and at former Wildcats star Josh Hart, in particular. 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. The rest of the team was 7 of 21.

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.




Brunson already has two championship rings and more hardware from his various player-of-the-year awards than he can carry, and he is set to follow his dad, Rick Brunson, into the National Basketball Association.

"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 just kind of found myself in a rhythm".

DiVincenzo squashed any questions about this game with a 10-for-15 shooting night - 5 for 7 from 3 -that was better than that, making him an easy victor for most outstanding player in the Final Four. Back in 2016, more than 20 arrests were made after Villanova won the NCAA championship, according to the Inquirer. Kansas, which, regardless of the final score, put up even less of a fight than MI did against the champs?

Livers was right. DiVincenzo hit everything he looked at for the Wildcats.

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.

Three months ago, the Wolverines were unranked in the AP poll. He'd scored 30 points in an 86-75 Villanova win over Butler back in February.

Abdur-Rahkman paced MI with 23 points and Wagner contributed 16, but their best efforts just weren't enough to hold off Villanova.

"Villanova's blowout win over MI delivered a 10.3 overnight rating across TBS/TNT/truTV". They really played very good defense.

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