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Villanova could be first champ in 29 years without a first-round pick | Yahoo Sports
How the Wildcats have advanced within one win of a title despite a dearth of surefire future NBA talent.

National Title Game Preview: Everything you need to know about Villanova-vs-North Carolina | NBCSports
Breaking down the last game of the college basketball season.

Villanova's hot streak started before Saturday's eye-opening rout | ESPN
The Wildcats, who shot 71.4 percent from the field on Saturday, have been on fire collectively throughout the NCAA tournament.

Seemingly imperfect Villanova played the perfect game | ESPN
There have been questions all season about Villanova. Then came an effort for the ages against Oklahoma. Now, it's about joining Villanova royalty.

Villanova’s Unlikely Shot at NCAA Brilliance | WSJ
Despite having all the hallmarks of a team that would flop in the tournament, the Wildcats on the verge of historic greatness.

Final Four 2016: Why Villanova can win the national championship | CBSSports.com
A preview of Villanova-Oklahoma and some reasons why the Wildcats can win the whole 2016 NCAA Tournament.

#BE4Nova Embodies Bond At The Heart Of The BIG EAST | BigEast.com
During their incredible run to the NCAA Championship game, the Villanova basketball team has received support not only from Nova Nation, but from people all across the BIG EAST Conference.

How Kris Jenkins went from Villanova recruiting afterthought to indisposable player | CollegeBasketballTalk
Villanova junior Kris Jenkins went from a recruiting afterthought to an indispensable matchup nightmare for the Wildcats.

History behind Villanova’s all-time slaughter is downright spooky | New York Post

After a while, you half-expected the Villanova Wildcats — every single one of them — to involuntarily do what Michael Jordan famously did back in the day, after he had made about 77 consecutive 3s in the Finals against the Blazers.

Jay Wright's 'culture' has Villanova on brink of national title | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Villanova basketball puts culture over talent, a philosophy built by Jay Wright that has the Wildcats on the verge of a national title.

Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino coming to Houston for title game | USA Today
Massimino, 81, said kidney stones and a blood clot, kept him from Saturday's game.

Watch: Can Temple and St. Joe's students find it in their city-hardened hearts to root for Villanova? | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Are the students at Temple and St. Joseph's supporting Villanova in the Final Four?

NCAA FINAL FOUR: Bloodlines run deep for Jay Wright and Villanova | BucksLocalNews.com
Brunson earned the title of son-in-waiting because Brunson and Arcidiacono are the same players just in different skins.

Villanova gets revenge at prime time | Columbia Daily Herald
At Villanova, the Wildcats’ 1985 NCAA title victory over Georgetown and Patrick Ewing is the stuff of legend, a performance widely known as “The Perfect Game.” Saturday night at NRG Stadium, the current Wildcats woke up those echoes with a shooting performance for the ages.

Meet the Espositos: A Villanova love story | 6abc.com
For the past 35 years, Jim and Patty Esposito have followed the Wildcats to every game, everywhere for the past 35 years. The Espositos have three kids and they all went to Villanova. They just might be more \\V// than you...

Sielski: No end to Villanova's attack | Philly.com
They shot 71 percent from the field. They held Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield, the tournament's leading scorer, to nine points. It would have been understandable if TBS had cut away from its game telecast to a rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond.

Internet Decides Dominant Villanova Is Not Killing Men’s Basketball | HuffPo
The only other team over the past month of college basketball that’s been beating teams like that is the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team, who will play Oregon State in the Final Four on Sunday. Head coach Geno Auriemma’s team has won 73 consecutive games, which last week, prompted Boston sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy to claim that they’re “killing the women’s game.”

Why Villanova's blowout Final Four win was so crazy | CNN.com
It wasn't even close.

The incredible story of Villanova's Kris Jenkins and UNC's Nate Britt | SBNation.com
Ten years ago, Nate Britt's family took Kris Jenkins into their home, legally adopting a youngster they'd met through basketball. Monday night, Britt's UNC and Jenkins' Villanova will play for the national championship.

Two TV timeouts torpedoed Oklahoma’s shot at coming back vs. Villanova | CollegeBasketballTalk
When rule changes go wrong ...

Jerardi: When you thought 'Nova couldn't play better ... | Philly.com
How Villanova fashioned the rare 67-point turnaround from Dec. 7 to April 2 could be analyzed by some numbers savant. Or it could be explained by the Wildcats players.

Jay Wright: I never saw this coming | ESPN Video
Villanova coach Jay Wright tells Andy Katz that he never predicted such a blowout win over Buddy Hield and Oklahoma and admits that the NCAA tournament isn't a test of who is the best team in the country, but rather who is a hot team right now.

No end to Villanova's attack | Philly.com
HOUSTON - This was late in the second half Saturday night, and Jay Wright lost his mind. This was deep into one of the most flabbergasting games in Final Four history - Villanova 95, Oklahoma 51 - and one of Wright's players, guard Phil Booth, flew toward