Villanova Star Dominates National Championship, Then People Dig Up His Old Tweets

by Steven Clarke April 4, 2018, 2:02
Villanova Star Dominates National Championship, Then People Dig Up His Old Tweets

He recruits great young men, not just on the basketball court, but in the classroom and obviously as a person.

It's an easy answer for me.

"I didn't think that I was going to have this kind of a night", DiVincenzo said afterwards.

It's based on age. This is an accomplishment that only four teams since 1985 share. But Krzyzewski is 71.

"His senior year has been nothing short of magical", Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello said.

A win over Villanova would have been the 800th of Beilein's collegiate coaching career, which began with the 1978-79 Erie Community College Kats.

Here's the case for Jay Wright, the best coach in the business right now.

Surrounded by shooters, Brunson is sure to find ways to thwart the Wolverines top-ranked defense to bring the chip back to Wildcat country.

We had an excuse for not recognizing the Wildcats' greatness until it nearly was too late: Villanova wasn't Villanova until the end.

If anything foreshadowed the Wildcats' win, it was their consistent double-digit wins over each of their opponents in the NCAA tournament. Sophomore DiVincenzo was a non-starter for Villanova but as soon as he got his chance, he took control of the game and the MI defense did not have a counter for his aggressive style of play. Villanova didn't just win the national title. But UNC's defense wasn't ranked as highly (19th) as Villanova's. 20 more wins than Xavier over that time. With its Elite Eight victory against Texas Tech, Nova set the record for most Ws in a four-year period (135) by any men's program and over the course of this dominant season they'd hit more three-pointers than any team, ever. But Wright has just completed his fourth 30+ win campaign in a row, and there's no reason to assume the streak will fall anytime soon.

The Wildcats had already proven earlier this tournament they weren't just one of college basketball's best offensive teams in recent memory. And he's one of six coaches with two national championships since expansion in 1985. But the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks are also in line to be looking for a new or permanent head coach, with the Charlotte Hornets toward the top of a list of other teams who may make a change. Like DiVincenzo, he was Villanova's leading scorer in the championship game. In a way, this shouldn't come as a surprise to any basketball fan since this is pretty common when a college coach is as successful as Wright has been, and even though the NBA may seem like a dream job for many, that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right fit for everyone. The Wolverines have won only one, beating Seton Hall in overtime in 1989.

Villanova lost two starters from its title team two seasons ago, and then two more from the team that last season was the NCAA tournament's No. 1 overall seed. He does not need them.

They call him "Big Ragu", because he has a deliciously Italian name and flaming red hair. And he'll do this without a Top 10 recruiting class.

Villanova took home their second NCAA championship in just three years on Monday night, dismantling MI 79-62.

Across TBS, TNT and TruTV, the tournament's championship game earned a 10.3 overnight rating, according to Sports Business Daily's John Ourand. "Everywhere I go, someone knows I'm going to Villanova".

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