VILLANOVA WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN AN UNBELIEVABLE FINISH
Villanova won their second National Championship with a 77-74 win over North Carolina at NRG Stadium, their first title since 1985. Phil Booth had a career high 20 points coming off the bench with Kris Jenkins getting into early foul trouble. Ryan Arcidiacono had 16, Josh Hart had 12, and Jenkins had 12, including the biggest three points of his life on the final shot of the season.
But in-between Marcus Paige's incredible game-tying three pointer and the Jenkins winner, Daniel Ochefu helped a young mopper out and mopped part of the court, which was where Arcidiacono would travel towards, en route to passing to Jenkins for the win. The kid's a sweeper.
The Tar Heels got important production from Marcus Paige with a game-high 21 points, including that wild game-tying three. Joel Berry II had a Spike Albrecht kind of night with 20 points, while Brice Johnson only had 14 points and eight rebounds.
Nova managed to play their style of basketball for the majority of the game, and forced some turnovers and managed to get big rebounds against a tall Tar Heel squad. UNC went 7-of-9 from the three-point arch in the first half, but bad shooting to start the second affected the Heels from expanding a lead that was as much as nine in the final minute of the first half.
The All-Final Four team included Berry and Johnson from UNC, along with Booth, Hart, and Arcidiacono from Nova. Ryan Arch was named the Most Outstanding Player, and even got Jim Nantz's tie at the end of the game.
Fun fact: Rollie Massimino made 11 Tournament appearances with a record of 20-10 and a title. Jay Wright finished his 11th Tournament appearance with a 20-10 record and a title. Wow.
Ton of videos available for you to see on the Internet.
ALLEN IVERSON SELECTED TO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
PHILLIES FALL TO REDS IN SEASON OPENER 6-2
Off day today, but the two teams will be back in action Wednesday night. Aaron Nola will take on Brandon Finnegan. (RECAP)