Villanova Wildcats 79 – Michigan Wolverines 62
The Villanova Wildcats are the lastest dynasty in the NCAA.
Villanova won their second title in three years in a showcase of dominance throughout the NCAA tournament. They dispatched their finals opponent, the Michigan Wolverines by double-digits, just like they did their previous five opponents in the NCAA tournament.
Early in the game, it seemed like the third-seeded Wolverines were primed to upset the top-seeded Wildcats. Villanova was sloppy on the offensive end, forcing up shots and rushing their execution. Michigan took advantage of this and got out to running. Moritz Wagner still had the hot hand from their Final Four game and led the Wolverines to a 21-14 lead midway through the first half.
Michigan shut down the Villanova starters in the early part of the game. The Wildcats needed a spark and they got it from The Big Ragu, Donte DiVincenzo.
DiVincenzo caught fire in the latter part of the first half. He nailed a thirty-foot bomb to give Villanova the lead back 23-21. That was only the start of his onslaught. The Big Ragu scored on another tough three-pointer and slammed the ball in with authority to put Villanova up by four points. His explosion woke up the rest of the team. The Wildcats completed a 23-6 run to close out the first half with a nine-point lead. DiVincenzo had 17 points and three treys in the first half.
Michigan scored the first basket of the second half. But that was the closest they’d get. The Villanova starters strung up seven straight points to take a 14-point lead. Mikal Bridges flashed his dominant form early in the second half. He nailed a pull-up three-pointer that swished cleanly through the net to give Villanova an 18-point lead. He then scored on a tough reverse layup to keep the Wildcats ahead by 17.
DiVincenzo put the cherry on the championship when he had a highlight block on a Charles Matthews, denying him of a dunk. He followed that up with a strong, drive to a layup and a 28-foot three-pointer to kill a Michigan rally and increase his team’s lead back up to 15. The Wildcats cruised to victory from that point on.
DiVincenzo finished the game with 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. That was the most points scored in a National Championship Game by anyone coming off the bench. He was awarded with the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Bridges scored 19 point to lead all Villanova starters.