March Madness was full of upsets, blowouts, and messed up brackets, but it seems that not many chose Villanova to win the NCAA championship.
With Villanova’s speed and decent perimeter shooting throughout the season, they were coming into the tournament strong and determined to win, especially since this was their first time winning a National title since 1985. North Carolina seeded number one has great size down low, and while their three-point shooting did not work for the regular season, they came in shooting the lights out with Marcus Paige and Joel Berry II.
Villanova topped the field goal percentage during the final game between the two with 58.3 percent and UNC 42.9 percent. The three point percentages were not too far apart as the Tar Heels shot over 60 percent, and the Wildcats shot for almost 60 percent with a total of 57.1 percent. The rebound game wasn’t close as UNC crashed the glass to come out on top with 36 rebounds and Nova with only 23.
The game was close, and North Carolina had to come back a few times with Joel Berry II shooting 4-4 on three’s and 7-12 from the field and Marcus Paige going 4-7 outside and with a crazy shot to tie the game. Villanova’s fast paced press breaker allowed Kris Jenkins to take the last and final shot at the buzzer from three point field making it, giving Villanova the 77-74 win and a National title.