Thursday 16th August 2018,
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Villanova Wins 2nd Championship in 3 Years

Villanova Wins 2nd Championship in 3 Years

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For the second time in three years, the top-seeded Wildcats are national champions in men’s college basketball, knocking off No. 3 Michigan 79-62.

Donte DiVincenzo and a defensive turnaround is what gave Villanova its second national title in three years.

Villanova started out flat, unable to slow the Wolverines, but DiVincenzo gave them the spark they needed with long 3-pointers and by driving hard to the basket. He finished 10 for 15 from the floor and 5 of 7 from the 3-point arc. He had 18 points in 18 first-half minutes and one blocked shot and finished the game with 31 points.

DiVincenzo was out with a broken foot when Villanova won the title in 2016, unlike this year where he finished with a career high and a record for a player coming off the bench in a national championship game. He was named Most Outstanding Player.

“My teammates were just finding me early,” DiVincenzo said to Westwood One. “I was just trying to be aggressive. I found myself hot, so I just kept going.”

While Michigan couldn’t pull off the upset, this March Madness had its share of uplifting underdog stories. For the first time in the history of the tournament, a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1, with UMBC stunning Virginia and the Ramblers reached the Final Four as a No. 11 seed.

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