Player of the Year Jalen Brunson made three 3s and finished with 18 points.
That's an NCAA record 442 from the arc this season - and they're still counting. Villanova is coming off a 95-point effort in their win against Kansas in the Final Four, while the Wolverines advanced to the title game with a 69-57 victory against the Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament, Loyola-Chicago.
Michigan's defense will make it much more hard on Villanova from downtown, but Jay Wright's crew will still have too much for the Wolverines. While Moe Wagner is a matchup nightmare, it's going to be up to Villanova to decide whether or not they want to rely on their three-point game, or if they want to take it to the basket rather than trying to break Michigan's perimeter zone. The Wildcats defeated Georgetown 66-64 on April 1, 1985, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., and beat North Carolina 77-74 on April 4, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Naturally, both of these methods will be proved wrong someday, just as Syracuse proved both of them wrong in the 2003 NCAA tournament. They probably have a better chance of doing so than any other team in the field, but I still don't think so.
Of course, Brunson, Bridges, and the rest of their Villanova teammates face a whole new level of pressure heading into the championship game since a second title in three seasons would make Jay Wright's team worthy of earning the dynasty label. But the fact that Loyola only scored 12 points in the last 12 minutes of the game was a huge part of the victory.
For the Wildcats this season, that number is clear: It's 75.
This year? The numbers favor Villanova, which has outscored its tournament opponents by 0.23 points per possession. MI has played in the national title game four times since 1985, losing three of them straight-up and failing to cover in all of them.
The Boilermakers beat MI twice in January, going 23 for 41 from 3-point range. "It's how we like to play, as well, but it doesn't mean we can stop it".
The Michigan Wolverines continue their quest for a national championship in the championship game on Monday night taking on No. 1 Villanova. The German junior lead his team to this Championship game throughout the 2017-2018 season. The Wolverines are on a 14-game winning streak, suffering their last loss almost two months ago.
MAAR played yet another dismal game on offense, a trend that seems to have him in a tournament long funk.
MI wasn't the only big preseason poll whiff: Virginia ended the regular season ranked No. 1, and the Cavaliers were also unranked to start the season. The Wolverines won the Big Ten tournament and now just one win away from winning the NCAA tournament. All of the above expect the Wildcats to win their second national title in three years. At any given point, potentially all five players on the court for the Wildcats can hit a 3-pointer. This is largely a credit to guards Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman.
Both teams have been on a winning streak as of late.
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On the other bench, you have a bonafide, established coaching star in Wright, who already has one national title.
This meeting on Monday night will come down to strength against strength.
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