- To your point about them embracing DiVincenzo's game, he needed to have this game. The Wolverines eked out two wins by less than four points in this year's tournament. "There's so many great programs, so many great coaches, but I think our culture is what sets us apart".
"We thought we were going to win this one but what are you going to say", Danny Jenkins, a Villanova student from New Jersey also said in mid celebration.
Monday night's loss wasn't an ending for the Wolverines, but perhaps just the beginning.
This was one of the more convincing title runs in recent memory, with Villanova becoming the first team to win each of its six games by double figures since North Carolina in 2009.
After the Wolverines started the game 8 for 12, Villanova held MI to 3-for-16 shooting for the final 11 minutes of the half as the Wildcats dug out from an early 21-14 deficit to lead 37-28 by the break. Donte DiVincenzo finally broke through at 12:44.
"I appreciate that, but my night wasn't quite like his", Booth said.
The tweet has since been deleted, along with his entire account on the social media network.
MI (33-8) was able to execute its offense well enough for the first 10 minutes, leading on Moritz Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman to grab a 21-16 lead just over 12 minutes into the game. Villanova was just beating everybody by 12 to 25 points. Again it was DiVincenzo with back-to-back threes, winking at the broadcast table after each, to re-open the blowout. If the redshirt sophomore wasn't on the NBA Draft radar before Monday ...
"Even if we had played our best, it would have been very hard to win that game with what DiVincenzo did", Beilein said. Brunson started the 2016 title game, while DiVincenzo watched from the bench in street clothes. It's an incredible achievement to be one of the last two squads standing. The Wildcats will roll out another deep, skilled team that bombs away from three and could very well win Wright's third title next year.
DiVincenzo squashed any questions about this game with a 10-for-15 shooting night - 5 for 7 from 3 -that was, frankly, better than that. But DiVincenzo said no way with a perfectly executed block. "But you just get to enjoy everything".
Villanova finished the season 36-4 and, according to Kenpom's adjusted efficiency metric, they ranked as the second-best national champion since 2002, coming behind only the 2008 Kansas Jayhawks. In fact, the only time when Villanova really felt in any danger of even being in a competitive game was in the Elite Eight against Texas Tech. But Brunson scored just nine points.
When TBS came back from the break, they noted that it was the first time since 1993 that a technical foul had been issued in a national title game.
Wright had a notion in Boston. "The injuries gave us an opportunity to play Collin Gillespie, to play Dhamir Cosby-Roundree during the season - which gave those guys just enough confidence to be effective during this time of year". "I had to let him know".
Despite missing out on causing a minor quake in the quiet suburbs of Philadelphia, I got to experience a rare moment of triumph and comradery with my fellow Wildcats in Rome.
"We knew they'd have to miss some pretty decent looks, but they got anything they wanted early, and they knocked everything down", Self said.