The dream 2018 NCAA Tournament championship game tips off at 9:20 p.m. ET.
"There's not too many guys like that", said teammate Phil Booth, one of four Wildcats to get up more shots than Bridges against the Jayhawks. But unlike years past, Wright told ESPN in March that he plans to ditch the pinstripes for a more muted look, much to the chagrin of his Newtown Square tailor. After begging Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree over Snapchat to put in a good word with the Nova staff, he earned a scholarship and is right there in the middle of the madness.
Villanova and MI, prolific offense vs. stifling defense, a national title on the line, Monday night in San Antonio.
Now, Wright is going for his second national title in three years. His 2013 Wolverines lost to Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals in Atlanta. The Wildcats have covered the spread in all five wins and is averaging 84.8 per game on offense while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point land.
Villanova, the No. 1 seed in the East Region, is set to take on MI, the No. 3 seed out of the West Region, in the national title game this evening. While I do think Villanova is the best team in the country, something about this MI run makes me believe that the spread here is just too high.
As for my title game prediction, I'm rolling with the Wildcats in a close one, 80-76, taking home their second title in the last three years.
MI punched its ticket to the national title game by emerging out of the West Region.
The 'Cats have marched through this year's tournament, winning their five postseason games by a combined average of 17.8 points. Poole hit the buzzer-beater against Houston to send MI into the Sweet 16 and was the vocal leader in the locker room when the Wolverines trailed Loyola-Chicago at halftime in the national semifinals. They nearly all like Villanova. The Wildcats are still sharing the ball in big moments.
Moritz Wagner, who recorded a double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds to help the Wolverines erased a 10-point deficit in the second half in the win over Loyola-Chicago, is expected to be a handful for Villanova on Monday night.
But in getting here, MI was compelled to defeat teams with the following seeds: No. 14; No. 6; No. 7; No. 9; No. 11.
PACING: Michigan likes to play methodically, ranking 324th of 351 Division I in Kenpom.com's adjusted tempo ratings.
To sum things up, Villanova was feelin' it Saturday night.
Tonight's victor moves on to the national championship game to be played on Monday night. We'll watch tape, try to figure out the best way to approach going into Monday night's game. AP Player of the Year Jalen Brunson made three 3-pointers and finished with 18 points.
On one side you have a Villanova squad that is averaging almost 87 points per contest in 2018. It's not like Kansas played a bad game.
The appreciation goes both ways between the practice squad and the rest of the team.
Fellow senior Mikal Bridges attempted just one shot in the 2016 championship.
"They've really started to gel on that end of the court", Naso said. The Wildcats defeated MI 59-55 in the second round of the '85 NCAA Tournament.
The top-seeded Wildcats head into the matchup winners of 10 straight by an average of 16.7 points per game.