Wildcats and Wolverines meet for title
The Villanova Wildcats will go in search of their second title in three years on Monday when they take on the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA Tournament final.
Winners of the Big East Tournament after finishing second in the conference to the Xavier Musketeers in the regular season, the Wildcats have rolled through the tournament with double digit victories over Radford, Alabama, West Virginia and Texas Tech before hanging a 95-79 defeat on the Kansas Jayhawks.
Villanova rained three-point attempts down on the Jayhawks hitting 18-of-40 while shooting 36-of-65 overall from the floor.
Eric Paschall led the way for the Wildcats with 24 points as all five Villanova starters were in double figures. Player of the Year Jalen Brunson added 18 points and Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to contribute a further 15.
It was another disappointing end to a season for Kansas who took a 2-0 lead in the first minute of the game and did not lead again as the Jayhawks stormed to an early 22-5 advantage before cruising to the comfortable victory and a place in the final at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
In the first game of the Final Four the Loyola (Chi) Ramblers finally saw their Cinderella story come to an end when they fell to Michigan.
Loyola (Chi) took a seven-point lead into the half-time break, but could not maintain their upset attempt as they eventually fell 69-57 to the Wolverines.
Moritz Wagner was the difference for Michigan as the junior from Berlin, Germany paced the Wolverines with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Meanwhile, in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors are 10/19 to win the title with the Cleveland Cavaliers 9/2 and the Boston Celtics priced at 999/1.
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