National Championship Set For Villanova Vs. Michigan
After all the madness that this March has offered college basketball fans, only two teams are still standing: Villanova and Michigan.
While many had Virginia as their favorite to take home the title, the Cavaliers were bounced in the first round by sixteenth-seeded UMBC, marking the first time that a 16 seed defeated a one seed.
Villanova has been one of the most consistent teams in the tournament, flying under the radar of all the monstrous upsets over the past few weeks. The wildcats kept that trend going as they defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in convincing fashion last night by a score of 95-79.
The third-seeded Michigan Wolverines ended what has been one of the greatest cinderella stories in college basketball history by defeating the No. 11 seed Loyola Chicago by a score of 69-57.
Both teams have been in the discussion of making a national championship run, even Michigan, who, despite being a three seed, ended their season on a high note by taking home the Big Ten championship.
The clear favorite in this matchup is Villanova because of how consistent they have been in March. The experience that they have in the national championship also plays to their favor.
If Michigan wants to win this game, they will have to play with the aggressiveness they exhibited in the latter parts of their final four matchup against Loyola-Chicago.
They key for them will be containing the frontcourt of Villanova, especially Eric Paschall. Paschall netted 24 points in the final four while shooting 10-of-11 from the field.
With the national championship being hosted in San Antonio, neither team will hold the edge when it comes to home court advantage. With both teams being relatively far away from the site, the environment should be close to equal for both teams.
Tipoff is set for 9:20 p.m. on TBS.
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