Surely Villanova made this game a lot easier than it looked, winning the championship game with a final score of: 79-62. Villanova also becomes the first team since the 2009 North Carolina Tar Heels to win each and every game by double digits. That alone is something to behold. Let’s see how it went down!
The first half ended with the score being 37-28 with Villanova getting on a serious run. Their bench ended up outscoring their starters at the end of the half, heck Donte DiVinchenzo outscored the entire Michigan squad 18-14 within the last 5 or so minutes.
Michigan did get off to a great start however, playing great defense and getting their best player, Moritz Wagner, involved in the game. It got to the point where Michigan was up 21-14, then with the firepower off the Nova bench, the whole game just turned on it’s head. Villanova came into the half on fire and with their head held high, finally finding their 3 point stroke late in the half.
They kept up their hot fire as the second half began, merely extending their lead. Whenever Michigan made a basket and looked to mix up the momentum, the Wildcats would kill their dreams with a thunderstorm of 3’s. At the end of the day, Villanova started to suffocate the offense of the Wolverines as it looked like they couldn’t get anything working. And it wasn’t just DiVinchenzo killing the game with 31 points, it was the rest of the team with Bridges, Paschall, Brunson and the entire rest of the team drilling shots. That kind of teamwork and consistency is killer and near impossible to stop. Michigan was just outplayed and started struggling right as the bench jumped in.
Might have been a boring blowout for the masses, but I found it to be entertaining. Once again, congratulations to the Villanova Wildcats! Kings of NCAA Basketball!