Nova's DiVincenzo wins most outstanding player of Final Four

Ball gets stuck on rim during NCAA title game after Villanova's first-half star Donte DiVincenzo blocks it twice

Villanova defeated MI 79-62 in Monday's title game in San Antonio, setting off a raucous celebration around the suburban Philadelphia campus.

The Wildcats' recipe for success: Don't be shy about shooting the basketball, especially from deep.

"I thought we played our best game in the championship game", coach Jay Wright said. "But I never remember doing that".

Sophomore Jon Teske summarized Beilein's speech to the team Monday night after the 79-62 loss to Villanova. From 13 three-point shots in the first half Saturday night, the Wildcats had made one.

The Michael Jordan of DE, as his teammates call him, has come a long way from a redshirt freshman season that was frustrating at times, but probably helped set the stage for a bigger role toward Villanova's next national championship.

Jalen Brunson struggled after scoring Villanova's first four points. The rest of the team was 7 of 21.

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In advancing to their 2nd national title game in 3 years, the Villanova Wildcats made 18 3-pt FG, tied for 2nd-most in an NCAA Tournament game and setting a record for most in a Final Four game.

DiVincenzo said he has not been active on Twitter since 2016, and the last tweet posted on his public account was June 3, 2016.

For Michigan, the player that makes them go is Moe Wagner. "I just wanted to help my team offensively".

Six players, including DiVincenzo, average scoring in double figures for Villanova (36-4), and the team led the nation in scoring and ranked sixth in field goal percentage this season. "There's so many great programs, so many great coaches, but I think our culture is what sets us apart". That's even if it did turn up as the most title-game points ever by a non-starter.

Everything was contested. The Wildcats missed eight of their first nine three-pointers.

The Wildcats won their second NCAA championship in three years on Monday night.

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Three months ago, the Wolverines were unranked in the AP poll.

I mean, they won the championship and all, but what could this season have been if they'd been healthy all year?

Senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led MI with 23 points, while junior Moritz (Moe) Wagner had 16.

Wright said on Sunday that the common denominator between 'Nova and MI, under coach John Beilein, was how - and what - they recruited. "Credit Villanova in both respects". They may not have been elite in any one category, but they didn't have any real weaknesses. Everybody talks about their offense. (Crediting the opponent is a trait Beilein's bosses at MI admire.) And then he was told that some of his players had felt bad they couldn't get Beilein his first national title. He hit a couple of long 3s to force MI to extend its defense even farther and that opened up driving lanes, along with a pass out of a trap from DiVincenzo to Omari Spellman for a dunk. They make you forget this is supposed to be fun. And that was going to be important tonight.

"The way DiVincenzo shot the ball, it was just incredible for us to try to win that game with the roll he went on", the coach said. Wright has a 421-165 record with the Wildcats after 122 wins in seven seasons at Hofstra. They had been sent home the first weekend of the NCAA tournament in five straight appearances, despite earning a top-two seed in three of those five tourney trips. "That lets you know how great of a team you are", James said.

"All he wants to do is play", said DiVincenzo's mother, Kathy, elated in a straw cowboy hat with a Villanova "V" as she watched him being named the Final Four's most outstanding player.

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