Villanova Wins Second Championship in Three Years, Blow Out Michigan
The Villanova Wildcats are the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball champions.
Villanova won their second championship in 3 years Monday, defeating Michigan 79-62.
In a tournament filled with upsets, Cinderellas and buzzer-beaters, the top-seeded Wildcats romped to the title, becoming the third team to win all six of its games by double-digits. The number three-seeded Wolverines proved no different than any of the other squads vanquished by the Wildcats’ dominance.
“I thought we played our best game in the championship game,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, whose role on the 2016 champions was limited due to a new injury, was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, thanks to a superb performance in the final, adding to his 15 points scored in the national semi-final. DiVincenzo scored a game-high 31 points, including 11-straight in the second half, on 10-15 shooting, to go along with five 3-pointers, five-rebounds, three-assists and two-blocks.
Potential lottery pick Mikal Bridges added 19-points for the Wildcats, while Jalen Brunson finished with nine, becoming the first AP POY since Anthony Davis in 2012 to win a national title.
Can the Wildcats repeat, winning a third title in four years?
Bridges will probably leave, while Brunson might too. Still, with DiVincenzo and top freshman Omari Spellman likely back for another season, and top high school prospect Jahvon Quinerly joining the team, Villanova should remain a formidable force in the Big East.
For now, they will bask in the glory of an extremely impressive run.