Villanova gets win against MI in blow out - Recap, Box score


Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. Villanova made all the right plays all night long, and MI was rendered completely helpless.

DiVincenzo who is nicknamed 'The Big Ragu' broke quite a few records as he helped Villanova clinch the 2018 NCAA Championship.

Villanova captured its second NCAA Tournament win in three years, crushing MI 79-62 in Monday's final. Allen had the chance to be the hero, to send the Blue Devils to the Final Four-his last-second shot bounced off the rim four times before falling out, and you just got the sense that it wasn't meant to be. "I was scared to death", Villanova's coach said following his second national championship in three years.

It's unclear how the Wildcats will look next year. Nearly everyone in the Villanova rotation can guard multiple positions, allowing the team to switch screens if needed, and most of the players are quick enough to deny opponents their favorite spots.

"We're not going to call ourselves that, but if people (in the media) say it, then we are getting there", Wright said.

NOTES: Villanova became the first team since North Carolina in 2015 to lead the country in scoring and win the national title.

Livers 0-2 0-0 0, Wagner 6-11 3-4 16, Simpson 4-8 2-3 10, Matthews 3-9 0-4 6, Abdur-Rahkman 8-13 5-6 23, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Baird 0-0 0-0 0, Teske 1-2 0-0 2, Poole 1-5 1-1 3, Simmons 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Watson 1-2 0-0 2, Robinson 0-3 0-0 0.

"Donte competed for a starting position this year", noted Wright, "He worked really hard and he wanted to start and he was initially a little upset that he wasn't starting". And by the time we all got healthy, we had a way better team. I think we're so similar, that's the reason why.

The last team to win its two Final Four games by 16 or more: UCLA in 1968.

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"Wow ... I certainly do not, I'll tell you honestly, count myself in that category", Wright said.

LeBron broke down in detail, too, what he felt DiVincenzo - and Villanova - did so well in their championship-winning performance.

DiVincenzo is a redshirt sophomore who broke his foot his freshman season after eight games.

There was plenty of trash talk in the Nets' locker room throughout March Madness - even head coach Kenny Atkinson got involved as he openly rooted against Kansas.

He was healthy enough to practice and played the role of Oklahoma All-American Buddy Hield as the Wildcats prepared to play the Sooners in the 2016 national semifinals.

"Listen, that kid, he was on fire", James said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

"Honestly, it was a credit to these guys up here", DiVincenzo said in the postgame media conference, alongside Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges. "There's a process that young men have to go through in their maturation in this game, and he's done that, and what a special player".

DiVincenzo consistently came to the rescue and kept the Wildcats in the game, scoring 18 first-half points.