March Madness

March Madness: Villanova Defeats Michigan 79-62 to Win National Championship

Hanako Maki | The PHOENIXNo. 1 seed Villanova celebrates its NCAA Tournament championship amidst a flurry of confetti April 2.

No. 1 seed Villanova University beat No. 3 seed Michigan 79-62 in the NCAA National Championship in San Antonio Monday night. This is the Wildcats’ second national championship in three years.

Villanova redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo dominated the game. His 31 points are a career-high and set an NCAA Tournament record for most points from a bench player. 

“Honestly, when I got into the game, all I was trying to do was play hard,” DiVincenzo said. “I just wanted to help my team offensively.”

Redshirt junior forward Mikal Bridges had 19 points for the Wildcats while redshirt first-year guard Omari Spellman grabbed 11 rebounds.

“We just feel so blessed that we were put in this position to have each other, have guys like this to play with and we’ve been able to stay healthy all year, basically, until the end,” head coach Jay Wright said.

Michigan, which beat Loyola March 31 to get to the title game, was led by senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman’s 23 points. Junior forward Moe Wagner had 16 points and seven rebounds.

The game marked the end of the 2017-18 college basketball season. The 2018-19 season is expected to begin Nov. 6, according to the NCAA.

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