In Villanova's world, it is simply his turn to lead a balanced team. Villanova also has a reliable freshman guard in Collin Gillespie, who helped spell Brunson late in the second half due to foul trouble.
But with DiVincenzo, it was too much for MI (33-8), ending an impressive run for a team aiming to win its first national title since 1989.
Halftime-Villanova 37-28. 3-Point Goals-Michigan 3-23 (Abdur-Rahkman 2-7, Wagner 1-4, Watson 0-1, Poole 0-2, Simpson 0-2, Matthews 0-2, Livers 0-2, Robinson 0-3), Villanova 10-27 (DiVincenzo 5-7, Bridges 3-7, Paschall 1-3, Brunson 1-5, Spellman 0-2, Booth 0-3).
"We needed to play better", Wolverines coach John Beilein said, "but even if we had played at our best, it would have been very hard to win with what DiVincenzo (was doing)".
"I certainly do not, I'll tell you honestly, count myself in that category", Wright said of Krzyzewski and Williams.
He played for a Catholic school, Salesianum, which he led to two state championships and was named the DE player of the year after his senior season. If he decides he wants to do that, then he's probably going to be a lot like I was from the standpoint that in looking at it, I'm sure the support he has from the administration and athletic department at Villanova is the best of the best. Maybe Villanova could do that once every 30 years or so. It was unimaginable, and now it's something that must happen.
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Students at Villanova University are gearing up to welcome home their men's basketball team, which is returning with its second NCAA championship in three years.
Up 12 with 10 minutes to go, few expected the number one seed Xavier to cave to the Seminoles. The game needed the example of Loyola Chicago to restore the charm of amateurism during this tournament, but it was desperate for a team with the characteristics of Villanova to win the whole thing. 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' 79-62 loss Tuesday to Villanova in the national title game no doubt packed a devastating wallop. Long before the Federal Bureau of Investigation exposed widespread corruption in the sport, they were models for sustainable winning, but their successes have been amplified in the current climate.
"The Dukes and the UCLAs, they had their runs earlier I guess before coach Wright", Cunningham said. Beilein, in fact, was voted the sport's cleanest coach in a CBS poll of 100 coaches past year.
With stay-and-play guys instead of one-and-dones. They were too good defensively to blow a lead. They know that they're going to have to earn their playing time.
That's why MI forward Moritz Wagner, a frail German kid when he entered the program three years ago, dominated the opening minutes Monday and finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
DiVincenzo squashed any questions about this game with a 10-for-15 shooting night - 5 for 7 from 3 -that was better than that, making him an easy victor for most outstanding player in the Final Four.
"The way DiVincenzo shot the ball, it was just incredible for us to try to win that game with the roll he went on", Beilein said.