Five reasons Villanova will beat MI to win the national title

Five reasons Villanova will beat MI to win the national title

On the other side of the court is MI, which made the title game thanks to John Beilein's analytic-based approach to defense.

Villanova freshman Omari Spellman, who will be one of the Wildcats tasked with trying to slow Wagner down, recognizes the challenge ahead. A savvy, scrappy throwback point guard who uses his IQ to win games, Brunson will be the difference-maker for Villanova, especially if the game comes down to the last minute.

Loyola-Chicago attempted only 10 3s in the semifinals, eight below its average. While the other Final Four teams had some heart-stopping moments and slim winning margins, Villanova is vaporizing the field.

The Michigan Wolverines [VIDEO] will take on the #Villanova Wildcats to determine the 2018 NCAA Men's basketball [VIDEO]championship Monday evening from San Antonio, Texas. 'Nova crushed Kansas 95-79 behind a Final Four record 18 threes on Saturday night. Arike Ogunbowale makes the biggest shot of her life - to that point - in the bonus period to give the Irish a 91-89 win.

"I'll be honest with you", Wright said.

Let me start by saying that headline is complete sarcasm. "And we just try to win". "I don't need that many shots because we just play off each other, see how the defense plays us, and we just make plays for each other".

On one side you have a Villanova squad that is averaging almost 87 points per contest in 2018.

"He has the ability to beat you in any way". But I'd much rather stay away and look for a better play somewhere else. You just have got to hope you can minimize his influence on the game. The Michigan Daily doesn't seem to have published predictions, but if they had, we can only imagine they would have favored Villanova. MI held Loyola to 28 points in the second half after trailing 29-22 at the break.

But Villanova. man, how do you stop that offense? The big fella couldn't get there. With a blowout, it also could join those Tar Heels as the only national champions to win each NCAA tournament game by at least 12 points.

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Krutwig 7-11 3-4 17, Custer 5-9 4-4 15, Richardson 2-4 0-0 4, Townes 4-12 0-0 8, Ingram 1-4 0-0 2, Negron 0-0 0-0 0, DiNardi 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 3-7 4-4 10, Shanks 0-0 0-0 0, Satterwhite 0-0 1-2 1, Williamson 0-2 0-0 0, Skokna 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 12-14 57.

Jalen Brunson is deadly.

"They can all shoot", Wagner said in an understatement. "They're really, really efficient at multiple positions". "And I think the teams - the Duke teams, the Kentucky teams that have won with one-and-done players - they've had great experienced players on those teams, too". But that's not the case here. You know what? It's not supposed to be easy. The Bulldogs had to play a Catholic school for the national championship on Easter Sunday?

Odds are that the Wildcats aren't going to be as on fire from distance as they were with a miserable Jayhawks defense on Saturday night.

Wagner hit a 3 from right in front of the MI bench with 6:50 left to tie it, and moments later the Wolverines were back on top, 49-47, when Jordan Poole made two free throws.

It brings about an uncomfortable paradox: These three weeks invariably place a few spunky little-guy teams that presumably do things the right way against a few fearsome behemoth programs that presumably don't.

Green is an All-Star forward with the defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors, whose offensive versatility gives opponents big matchup problems. Michigan's defense, and the massive trend in the national championship toward games in the 60s and 70s, all point toward playing the under. The Wildcats beat North Carolina 77-74 on Kris Jenkins' three-point buzzer beater for the 2016 title, capping a 35-5 season.

Michigan, meanwhile, ranks third in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency.