By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 1 seed Villanova Wildcats are the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship National Champs. They defeated the No. 3 seed Michigan Wolverines, 79-62, on Monday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The Wildcats have won the National Championship for the second-time in the past three-years. They defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 National Championship game with a Kris Jenkins buzzer-beater.
The Wildcats improved to 36-4 on the season. They have come just the fourth team in NCAA Tournament history to win two championships in a three-year span since 1985.
They joined the Florida Gators, Kentucky Wildcats, and the Duke Blue Devils to accomplish this feat in the past 30-plus years.
This is Villanova’s third National Championship in school history. The Wildcats also became the first team since the 2009 Tar Heels, who defeated each of their opponents by 10 or more points.
Donte DiVincenzo was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. He led the Wildcats with a career-high 31 points, along with five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.
His previous career-high was 30-points against the Butler Bulldogs on Feb. 10th in Philadelphia, Pa.
DiVincenzo was one of two Villanova players, who scored in double-figures. Mikal Bridges also scored 19 points.
The Wildcats had 35 bench points. DiVincenzo led the bench with 31 points.
His 31 points off the bench was an NCAA Championship game record. He also tied the most points in a title game since 1985.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the Wolverines with 23 points. He also had one rebound.
Abdur-Rahkman was one of three Michigan players, who scored in double-digits. Moritz Wagner scored 16 points and Zavier Simpson contributed 10 points.
The Wolverines had seven bench points. Jordan Poole, who hit the game-winning three-pointer to help Michigan defeat the Houston Cougars, led the bench with three-points.
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