All the information you need to follow along with the 2019 Big East Tournament action
The 2018 NCAA Championship men’s basketball game lived up to expectations for what has been an exciting tournament. As advertised on the court, the “Road Ends Here.” The Villanova Wildcats were tough as nails and won their second NCAA Championship in three years. The final score was 79-62, with the Wildcats beating the Michigan Wolverines.
Villanova has some tournament and polling history on its side in Monday's national title game against Michigan. Does it really matter? The same trends would have correctly picked every champ from 2004 to 2017.
Villanova opened as the largest favorite in the title game since Duke was listed as a 7-point favorite over Butler in 2010.
Mikal Bridges scored 25 points and made two three-pointers in overtime to lift No. 2 Villanova to a 76-66 victory over Providence in the Big East Tournament championship game Saturday night at New York. The Wildcats (30-4) won their second straight Big East Tournament and third in four years (losing in the 2016 final). They put the bow on a fantastic season that should have them earn aNo. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Villanova showed off its shooting ability, making 11 of its first 13 shots, including 9 of 11 from the arc. The Wildcats can do that, even when the opponent isn't a Lafayette.
The tattered wreckage of another NCAA tournament favorite laid on the floor of No. 11-seeded Xavier's locker room, amid all the cut-off ankle-tape husks, wadded-up towels and navy-blue jerseys. The Musketeers print up their pregame scouting reports on a series of poster-sized white sheets, complete with opposing player headshots, breakdowns of tendencies, and guidelines for how to stop them.
Villanova's title defense came to an end well before the Final Four as the Wildcats never looked quite right during two games in Buffalo.
Xavier University has ended No. 6 Maryland’s tournament run in the first round.
Despite what you hear about the success rate of defending Champions, Villanova projects to make a deep run based on previous performances.
Defending national champion Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed in the 2017 NCAA tournament, a top seed for the third time in school history. Joining the Wildcats as No. 1 seeds are Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga.
All it took was one. One shot to break the ice. One shot to incite the comeback. After three-plus hellish halves of basketball for Villanova, after a 4-for-22 first-half shooting performance Sunday, and even after two Mikal Bridges second-half triples, the Wildcats found themselves down double digits to Virginia. Then Josh Hart elevated. And everything changed.
Matt Farrell didn't want his breakout game to be a loss, even it was against the No. 1 team in the country. And you could see it on his face as the Notre Dame guard fielded questions in the interview room at Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.
There was some grumbling a week ago about the defending champs vaulting Kentucky as the overall No. 1 seed. Go ahead, try making that argument now.
No. 2 Villanova earned its second national championship with a thrilling 77-74 win over top-seeded North Carolina Monday night at NRG Stadium on Kris Jenkins’ 3-pointer at the buzzer, a finish as unthinkable as the Wildcats’ 1985 all-time upset over Georgetown.
Villanova won its second national title Monday night thanks to a defense that was at its peskiest, stingiest best in the second half. With North Carolina on lockdown — it’s kind of hard to make a shot when there’s a 10-armed octopus in your way — Phil Booth and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Ryan Arcidiacono made a couple of clutch shots to set up Villanova’s 77-74 victory.
Kris Jenkins' buzzer-beating 3-pointer ended a national title game for the ages with a Villanova victory, as the Wildcats beat North Carolina, 77-74.
The celebration began when the final buzzer sounded and continued hours later.
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Villanova showed no mercy against Oklahoma, recording the biggest margin of victory of the entire 2016 tournament.