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DiVincenzo leads Villanova to second national title in three years

April 03, 2018 - 4:44 pm

By Joe Schiller

One word to describe Villanova’s performance throughout the 2018 NCAA tournament?


The No. 1 seed coming out of the East region avoided upsets and Cinderella stories to capture their elusive second national title in three years with a 79-62 win over No. 3 Michigan.

There was no Kris Jenkins game-winner this time around as Villanova accomplished this feat in less thrilling fashion compared to their 2016 win over North Carolina. The game still provided plenty of excitement, thanks to Donte DiVincenzo. The sophomore shooting guard dropped 31 points off the bench on 10-of-15 shooting, including going 5-of-7 from three-point range.

DiVincenzo seemingly took over the course of the game, contributing big play after big play on both sides of the floor. Whenever Michigan attempted to make a run or cut the deficit, DiVincenzo answered with a statement.

Villanova took a 37-28 lead into halftime and much like we’ve seen from Jay Wright’s team throughout the entire tournament, they never took their foot off the pedal. All six of their wins were by double digits, marking a historic performance.

DiVincenzo’s performance earned him the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player award, something just about no fan or pundit expected coming in to the game. But once the buzzer sounded at the Alamodome on Monday night, it was abundantly clear DiVincenzo was the outright winner.

Wright joins elite company with his second national title, securing him as one of the best coaches in the country. For a team built on upperclassmen talent, "One Shining Moment" isn't the curtain call. They possess the talent to make it back-to-back championships come 2019.