Michigan, Villanova bring wild NCAA Tournament to a close

03 April, 2018, 04:46 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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While many fans will be tuning in and hoping they can come away with the points they need to win their office bracket poll, one MI fan has much more on the line.

The college basketball season will come to an end on Monday with Villanova attempting to win its second national title in the past three years as they take on MI.

A victory would give Villanova its second championship in three years.

Villanova's seeking its second title in three years and Nova Nation is pumped and ready to go.

The 2017-18 college basketball season is down to its final day, and only two teams are left standing: Villanova and MI.

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It's been one of the most thrilling NCAA Tournaments in recent memory, and we should be treated to one heck of a finale.

The Villanova Wildcats are looking to become the second program to win multiple titles this decade Monday night, as they face the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA men's basketball tournament final. They are a deadly shooting team, having already set an NCAA Tournament record for three-pointers made. MI has recorded a (quite excellent in its own right) scoring margin of 0.17 points per trip. They probably have a better chance of doing so than any other team in the field, but I still don't think so.

The concern even if they do limit Villanova's 3s: Back-door cuts.

Michigan: The Wolverines have struggled offensively in the tournament. For the season, just 29.9 percent of shots attempted by MI opponents have been 3-pointers, making the Wolverines the No. 6 defense in terms of limiting 3's. Averaging 86.8 points, Villanova spreads the floor and shares the ball so well that the Wildcats usually get good looks at the basket.

Villanova big man Omari Spellman is athletic and mobile, but still may need help against Wagner, who is averaging 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament. They're well-coached, play stingy defense, and feature balanced scoring. Villanova is not the fastest team, coming in at 160 in tempo, but it's still a huge difference. Conversely, polls that come out after this point have tended to net out slightly lower on signal-to-noise ratio, perhaps mirroring and reacting to mere scheduling decisions (which teams scheduled tough games and lost them) in addition to actual team strength.

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The opening line for this game had Villanova favored by 6.5 points.

The junior guard has hauled in national player of the year awards this postseason and is a calming influence to the Wildcats. First one to double-digit 3-pointers will be in good shape. The National Championship Game will also be streaming on the March Madness Live app.

If both teams are on ...

Maybe even more important, MI has held its opponent under their season average for 3-point attempts 12 times during the 14 games.

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