The college basketball season is over. Villanova defeated Michigan on Monday night, 79-62, en route to its second national championship in three seasons.
The Wildcats overcame a 7-point first half deficit to bury the Wolverines, building a lead that ballooned to as many as 22 in the closing minutes to comfortably cut down the nets in the Alamo City.
Player of the Year frontrunner Jalen Brunson finished with only 9 points, but the Wildcats squeezed a surprise career-high 31 from Donte DiVincenzo, who took home MOP honors in convincing fashion.
“He’s worked so hard to make himself the best player he can be every day,” Brunson said. “Honestly, this is nothing special — excuse me, this is very special, this is nothing surprising for us. We’ve seen Donte do this multiple times this year.”
Jay Wright was afraid. No, it was more than that. “I was scared to death,” Villanova’s coach said following his second national championship in three years.
Conference realignment has done many things to many people. To those who coached, loved and played in the old Big East, some hearts had been torn out.