Michigan, Villanova Set For NCAA Title Game Tonight

Villanova’s Omari Spellman battles for a rebound against Kansas’s Udoka Azubuike during the first half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday

MI was 39th in the preseason poll balloting, behind seven ranked teams that wouldn't even end up making the NCAA Tournament - No. 10 USC, No. 14 Notre Dame, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 16 Louisville, No. 19 Northwestern, No. 22 Saint Mary's, No. 24 Baylor.

This is not to demean MI, which continued its title quest with a nice comeback against surprising Loyola-Chicago.

John Beilein is a coaching wizard and his Wolverines will slow the pace, but the Wildcats have too much offensive firepower. Highly disciplined on that end of the floor, they do a fantastic job of limiting opponents from beyond the three-point line.

Villanova moved within a win of another title, sinking a Final Four-record 18 3-pointers, while cementing itself as the most-prolific 3-point-shooting team in college history in a 95-79 runaway over Kansas. The weird shooting background at the Alamodome had no effect on them Saturday as they nailed 18 shots from beyond the arc while blowing out Kansas.

Mikal Bridges isn't anxious about the numbers of shots he's getting within Villanova's highly efficient attack. So is Donte DiVincenzo.

Maybe I am missing something here, but MI +8 points is where I would put my money in this game. However, there are a few that strangely have the Wolverines only getting 1.5 points from the favored Wildcats.

While the Wildcats are the big favorites, don't count out the Wolverines who have played the best defense in the tournament. It's not like Kansas played a bad game. "We're going to do everything we can to meet that challenge". Brunson, Spellman and Divincenzo hit three three-pointers apiece. Most sharps are staying away from Villanova. The question for the Wildcats is if the MI defense will be able to slow it down. Opponents understand this but there is little they can do about it.

Green is an All-Star forward with the defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors, whose offensive versatility gives opponents big matchup problems. JayVaughn Pinkston sealed the Villanova win with a bucket and a block in the final minute (60-55).

That's the idea. Villanova coach Jay Wright is a fan of National Basketball Association coach Mike D'Antoni, whose go-go style with the Phoenix Suns became a trend-setter.

Villanova is going to beat MI. "It's how we like to play, as well, but it doesn't mean we can stop it". "And the Golden State Warriors have been using this style for a while now".

On the flip side, Villanova's Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall can provide matchup problems for MI because they, too, can stretch the floor, but no one matches Wagner's motor. He can score inside and out, as evidenced by his 24-point, 15-rebound performance on Saturday where he hit three threes, and scored on putbacks.

So how unique is Wagner?

"It just felt right", Ogunbowale said of the shot after the game.

"We always say and I think it was Rudy Tomjanovich who said this, 'We're not amassing talent when you're building a team; you're building a team, '" Beilein said.

"He has the ability to beat you in any way". I thought when you looked at it this team might have a good run. "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. I think that's what we're going to try to do".

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