Villanova demolished Oklahoma (95-51) in the first national semifinal of the Final Four on Saturday night. With their win, the most lopsided ever in a Final Four, Jay Wright’s Wildcats advanced to face either North Carolina or Syracuse in the national championship game Monday night.
Villanova jumped to a double-digit halftime lead with a late-first-half spurt, then poured it on after the break. They went on a 25-0 run during the second half, turning the contest into a complete bloodbath.
Villanova came after the Sooners with a balanced scoring attack, typical of its efficient offense all season. Six Wildcats reached double figures, headlined by 23 points for guard Josh Hart, 18 for forward Kris Jenkins and 15 for guard Ryan Arcidiacono.
For the night, Villanova shot 71 percent from the field and 61 percent on three-pointers, while Oklahoma’s figures were 32 and 22 percent, respectively. It was a comprehensive destruction by Villanova.
Villanova was just too much for Oklahoma to handle. Oklahoma defeated Villanova in the regular season by a large margin, but none of that mattered after Saturday night.
Buddy Held and the Oklahoma sooners just wasn’t on sync and it showed by the poor field goal percent, it almost seemed that they gave up in the second half.
This was the third match for UNC and Syracuse with UNC taking both wins in the regular season. Syracuse Cinderella story came to an end Saturday night by a defeat of 83-66. It was clear to see that UNC was just too much to handle for the Orange.
The Orange started off good in the first couple of minutes of the first half. The Orange missed a lot of points at the charity line with a poor free throw percentage. Bryce Johnson got into foul trouble early, but that didn’t stop UNC big men from attacking the post. Syracuse showed life in the second half by cutting the league down to seven in final minutes, but Marcus Paige’s clutch threes stretched the league out to double digits.
It wasn’t a bad night for Trevor Cooney as he did all he could to keep the Orange from losing by dropping 22 points and Malachi Richardson 17 points. The ACC show down was tuff battle as UNC advanced to the National Championship.
The national championship game ended on a buzzer-beater, but it had more than one shining moment. UNC and Villanova was neck to neck the whole game. Villanova showed signs of taking away, but the Tar Heels wouldn’t go down without a fight. Many would say that it was a bad called game, and it wasn’t called even for the Tar Heels, but that’s how the game goes.
Villanova, showed just a tad bit more fight as the final score ended at the final seconds of the second half. Freshman guard Phil Booth came up big off the bench by scoring 20 points going 6 -7 from the field goal line. Sharp shooter Kris Jenkins only hit two threes, but the last three Kris made would go down in the history books. Marcus Paige tried to end the game with a four point play but the foul wasn’t called. UNC played a tuff game, but came down short as Villanova went on to win their second National Championship in the schools history by a score of 77-74.