Donte DiVincenzo scores 31 off bench, wins most outstanding player

Donte DiVincenzo scores 31 off bench, wins most outstanding player

In Villanova's world, which is fascinating and enviable and potentially dynastic, the players are on stage after a 79-62 victory over MI, holding their second championship trophy in three seasons and turning the moment into a bromance, with expressions of love for each other and awe over what their unselfish spirit has created. "If you don't do anything with it, just because you suffered a loss, that's not going to make you better". The list of accolades under Wright stretches longer than the combined distance of the Final Four-record 18 3-pointers hit against Kansas in Saturday's national semifinals.

The Wolverines played for the National Championship on Monday, but it nearly didn't happen-down two in the waning seconds of regulation, the Wolverines needed a hero-they got two.

But with DiVincenzo, it was too much for MI (33-8), ending an impressive run for a team aiming to win its first national title since 1989. Heading into the tournament, he wasn't considered one of Villanova's top draft-eligible players. Then Beilein hired Billy Donlon as an assistant, turning over defensive responsibilities to him. It may happen again, and it may take another 33 years, but it will never happen again for the first time.

This season, MI lacked the stellar outside shooting that had been the foundation of so much of Beilein's success.

After leading for most of the first half, the Wolverines were caught in a whirlwind.

Their two closest games in the tournament were 12-point wins over West Virginia and Texas Tech. The Wolverines scrapped their way through, however, until Villanova was simply too much at the end. This team made it impossible on their opponents to find a rhythm and had an answer for everything. Patrick Meehan is the victor of this year's men's tournament. Big man Moe Wagner was a focal point, and seniors Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson made significant contributions. MI lost to Louisville in 2013 National Championship. Zavier Simpson replaced him and led the team in a completely different way, setting the tone on defense.




The city of Philadelphia now has the men's basketball National Championship for the second time in three years along with a Super Bowl title in 2018.

The Atlantic Coast Conference champion Cavaliers could have plenty of guard talent back with Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De'Andre Hunter.

The somber mood in Michigan's locker room after the NCAA Tournament championship game had no outward effect on John Beilein. Their progress could be crucial in helping the Wolverines replace whoever they end up losing. He fueled a first-half comeback from down 21-14, and he put on a show in the second, scoring 11 consecutive points midway through the half.

"Honestly, I didn't look at the score at all", DiVincenzo said.

He was also dogged by several other irresponsible posts, screengrabbed by internet sleuth @CollegeT0wn before they were deleted.

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