While Villanova looked unreal Saturday, I think this game goes down to the wire, and the Wildcats win in a classic final. 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.
If you had just bet on Villanova throughout the NCAA tournament you'd be seeing this scene a lot.
The only way Michigan's guards outperform Villanova's group is if the Wolverines turn in the best defensive performance of their lives combined with one of the Wildcats' worst shooting days.
Villanova, which boasts the nation's best offense with 86.8 points per game and is shooting just over 50-percent, is now on a 10-game winning streak and beat the likes of West Virginia, Texas Tech and the Jayhawks during this run.
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The late Rollie Massimino used to write a number on the board before games that he coached at Villanova and elsewhere, setting a target for the total of points allowed that he thought would guarantee victory. 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.
MI is 38 of 120 (31.7) from 3-point range in the tournament, but opponents are 18 of 75 (24.0) from 3-point range. If Matthews can play up to the level of Bridges on Monday, the Wolverines' chance at victory instantly multiplies.
Next up is MI, which will try to guard the perimeter Monday night when Villanova (35-5) goes for its second title in three seasons. The Wolverines are 7-2 ATS as an underdog over the entire season, last failing to cover the number as a dog way back on December 4 at Ohio State.
The Wolverines were unranked when this season began, and didn't even crack the Top 25 for the first time until mid-January. MI has been trending under: Over its past seven NCAA tournament games, the under is 5-1-1.
The Wildcats were one of the most proficient 3-point shooting teams during the regular season and upped the 3 ante in the NCAA Tournament, knocking down a record 65 and counting. Villanova is the most efficient offensive team in the country and will find answers to John Belein's vaunted defense. That included a record-setting effort against the Jayhawks in which the Wildcats hit 18 of 40 from 3-point range.
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Only one previous champion made more than 400 threes in a season: The 2001 Duke squad led by Shane Battier and Jay Williams.
While many have anticipated a possible National Championship birth for the Villanova all season long, Michigan's appearance comes as a bit of a surprise.
The 3-point line will undoubtedly make the difference in the game.
The University of MI has opened up its watch party for the NCAA championship game to the general public. After downing No. 1 Kansas by a 16-point margin on Saturday, the Wildcats will play for their second title in the last three years.
THE SIDEKICKS: Wagner and Brunson are the headliners for their teams, but both have excellent sidekicks.
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On the other bench, you have a bonafide, established coaching star in Wright, who already has one national title. It wasn't until Duncan Robinson hit a crucial 3 to pull MI close to Loyola that anyone besides Moe had done anything on offense.