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Villanova wins their second national title in three years

Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo scored 31 points off the bench, and was the runaway winner of the Final Four's most-outstanding-player award.


Kahron Spearman


Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo made five big threes, and scored 31 total points on Monday night to lift the Wildcats to a blowout championship victory to close out the NCAA Tournament with a bang, 79-62 over Michigan.

Arguably the most dominating wire-to-wire performance, since the 2009 North Carolina Tarheels, has earned head coach Jay Wright his second national title in three seasons.

When parity had been the story over the last three weeks, Villanova won all six tournament games by double digits.

Honestly, I didn't look at the score at all. I didn't know how many points I had. I didn't know any of that. I was just trying to make the right play. And Omari (Spellman) was setting unbelievable screens for me getting me open. And I was just feeling it.

Even with Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges - two future first-round picks - playing well, the team's maturity shined through in their instance on allowing DiVincenzo to carry the team.

As well as he shot - virtually ending Michigan's night by himself - the sophomore's best play was an impressive two-handed block on a rising Charles Matthews dunk attempt - the game's signature moment. 

Per ESPN/Associated Press, DiVincenzo joins Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players who've scored 30 points in a Final Four game while also shooting over 66 percent.

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