Michigan’s defense was no joke, and Wildcat stalwarts like Omari Spellman and Jalen Brunson were forced into pedestrian offensive performances. At least, for their standards.
That sounds like a recipe for an upset. But Villanova is your national champion, and comfortably, thanks to the exploits of the Michael Jordan of Delaware. You knew him. And now the whole world knows him, thanks to him doing something that’s never been done before.
That three-pointer by DiVincenzo gives him 24 points, the most ever in a championship game for a non-starter.— David Worlock (@DavidWorlock) April 3, 2018
Of course, DiVincenzo didn’t finish with 24 points. He finished with 31, thanks to a 5-7 shooting effort from downtown. He also added five rebounds, two enormous blocks, three dimes, and a hand in nearly every critical emotional swing of the game.
Without DiVincenzo’s hot shooting and electric play, especially in the first half, this could have been a completely different game.
It just goes to show how deep this Villanova team was, when their elite offensive contributors, either mired in foul trouble or otherwise struggling to make plays, can still scorch an elite defensive team because a bench player can catch on fire.
That’s the mark of a well-oiled offensive machine. You could even compare it to a Fortune 500 company. We hear that’s going around.
Congrats to DiVincenzo on an amazing performance, right when it mattered the most.