The Michigan Wolverines gave the Villanova Wildcats their best shot to start the game, but in the end the best team in the country won the National Championship.
With Jalen Brunson saddled with foul trouble for much of the game, Donte DiVincenzo was the main attraction for ‘Nova. He finished with 31 points to pace the ‘Cats and stepped up to lead this team to the the title.
Mikal Bridges also came alive in his (likely) final appearance in a Villanova uniform, finishing with 19 points and 4 rebounds.
It’s the second National Championship in three seasons for Jay Wright, and it’s fair to wonder whether we are witnessing a dynasty in college basketball.
Here’s what we learned:
Villanova is the most dominant program in college basketball right now
Frankly, it isn’t even close. You can keep your recruiting moral victories, Kentucky and Duke. Villanova’s dominance over the last 4-5 years on the court is unmatched in the modern era, and with three Top-50 recruits coming to campus next year, the recruiting may be catching up.
Like several stars before them, Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges are off to the NBA. Maybe Omari Spellman too. But the cupboard is hardly bare on the Main Line.
We’ll be hearing from the ‘Cats again next season.
Donte DiVincenzo is ready to lead next year’s team
The Big Ragu has shown he has takeover capability, but he hit another gear tonight. With Villanova rope-a-doping Michigan’s early assault, DiVincenzo grabbed the game by the jewels and made it his own.
31 points is insane. He paired it with 5 rebounds and 3 asissts and I won’t hear about the 4 turnovers. He went off. And he’s set himself up to be the leader of next year’s team.
The Michael Jordan of Delaware had his ups and downs this year, but he finished on the highest note possible. Good for him.
We’re in the Golden Age of Villanova Hoops
It’s true. I never thought I’d see this from my school. From Jay Wright. From this program. It’s pinch-me territory to this day.
Soak it in, enjoy it. There are no guarantees next year, or in life.
Live it up, ‘Nova Nation!
So much Villanova National Championship gear! https://t.co/3eyrrKD4Jg pic.twitter.com/2auT7oeEMT— VU Hoops (@VUhoops) April 3, 2018