Villanova v Michigan: National Championship, Preview, How To Watch

Why just about everyone wants a title for John Beilein — even more than the Michigan coach himself

You've certainly heard it by now.

Villanova's adjusted offensive efficiency, per the analytics site, is the second-best in college basketball since at least 2002 (the only superior team in that category being the 2015 runner-up, Wisconsin).

The Wildcats are a buzz-saw.

The Wildcats are playing for their second title in three years under coach Jay Wright. Almost half of Villanova's shot attempts this season (47.5 percent) have come from 3-point range, and the Wildcats make those long-range shots at a super-efficient 40.1 percent. It was an impressive onslaught. 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.

Don't get me wrong, winning five consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament is not easy no matter what team or seed you're playing.

Does Michigan have a chance? After beating the Nos. Moritz Wagner had been leading the team this season, averaging 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

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The 3-point line will undoubtedly make the difference in the game. "We want them to enjoy the college experience and then we hope that after one year of enjoying the college experience they have a really hard decision to make that the National Basketball Association wants you but you really enjoy college".

This can only end with MI upsetting Villanova in the championship, right?

The third-seeded Wolverines (33-7) will take a 14-game winning streak into their first national championship game appearance since 2013, and second under coach Jon Beilein.

Wagner was on a bus to Hamburg for a game when MI lost to Louisville in the Final Four that year.

MI ended up playing another ugly game, especially in the first half.

None of this is that surprising given that Villanova is a No. 1 seed, has won by double-digits in each NCAA Tournament outing, and made Kansas look like a jayvee squad Saturday. But to win it all? Nah.

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SAN ANTONIO Most of Michigan's players did not get to see much of the 3-point shooting display that Villanova put on its 95-79 romp over Kansas in the national semifinals Saturday night at the Alamodome.

- Villanova is the biggest NCAA title-game favorite since Kentucky in 2012. It was a seminal point in sports history. Then it was back to the team hotel, but even then the players didn't get to see much of the game because of family commitments. In two of those games, the Wildcats won by 12; in the others, they won by more.

Villanova stunned Kansas early, nailing six three-pointers and jumping out to a 22-4 lead.

The last team to lead the nation in scoring and win the NCAA title was North Carolina in 2005. JayVaughn Pinkston sealed the Villanova win with a bucket and a block in the final minute (60-55). Because of the improbable title, Larry Brown's team became known as "Danny and the Miracles".

Going into the Loyola game, Michigan's coaches spoke of the importance of limiting the Ramblers' 2-point shooting percentage, because they took it nearly as a given that they would be successful at stopping them from deep - it is what MI does. Wolverine AD Bo Schembechler told Frieder he could leave now, promoting assistant Steve Fisher to "interim" head coach.

Michigan's season was on the brink of extinction against Houston.

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She won Most Outstanding Player for the tournament.



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