DiVincenzo fires Villanova to NCAA title

The grease did not stop Villanova fans from climbing above the crowd

There was no denying Villanova.

LeBron James made his thoughts on college basketball known earlier this year, but James' disappointment with the rampant corruption didn't stop him from watching Monday night's national championship game between Villanova and MI.

There's plenty of time to talk about Villanova's place in history after the partying is done this week.

The Wildcats' recipe for success: Don't be shy about shooting the basketball, especially from deep.

"I thought we played our best game in the championship game", coach Jay Wright said.

"I really can't get my mind around it".

'I don't know what they're using but some poor guy from Villanova has to smear it all over the place, ' Radnor Police Lt. Chris Flanagan told the Philadelphia Inquirer before Monday's game. Continuing to string stops together while regaining rhythm offensively, they hit MI with a 14-3 run that Bridges capped with a 3-pointer for a 51-33 lead with 14:36 left.

With Michigan refusing to go away early in the second half, he opened his game-sealing run with an around-the-back dribble to get to the hoop and get fouled. The rest of the team was 7 of 21. His 31 points were the most ever off the bench in a national title game. Wright admits he'd like a few more five-star players in his program, but not at the risk of ruining what he has established.

"My teammates were just finding me early", DiVincenzo said to Westwood One. "I guess I wasn't as aggressive anymore". "I pride myself on defense and just bringing energy to the team".

Villanova sixth man Donte DiVincenzo went from hero to social media scoundrel in a matter of minutes Monday night. Villanova is just the eighth school to win at least two NCAA men's basketball championships in a three-season span. He also holds the record for scoring the most number of points by a non-starter in a NCAA championship. Like their Final Four matchup with Kansas, they would not stop.

Livers was right. DiVincenzo hit everything he looked at for the Wildcats.

DiVincenzo became the first non-starter to win most outstanding player of the Final Four since Luke Hancock in 2013 Louisville, and the first player with a 30-point NCAA championship game since Miles Simon of Arizona in 1997 against Kentucky. Wagner added 16 points and seven rebounds, but the Wolverines were only 3 of 23 from three-point range. He nearly certainly would have started for any of those teams, but he chose to attend Villanova and came off the bench for all but 10 games this past season.

Why? Because even if North Carolina, Xavier or Gonzaga stood in their way, John Beilein, Moritz Wagner, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and heck, maybe even Jordan Poole, would have found a way to beat them. The First Four in Dayton saw the end of UCLA as Steve Alford was again showed that he can not coach at a Division one level as his team looked unprepared against St. Bonaventure.

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