Villanova's DiVincenzo scores the cover of Sports Illustrated

Villanova's DiVincenzo scores the cover of Sports Illustrated

Villanova's DiVincenzo scores the cover of Sports Illustrated

This version of the Wildcats was different than the 2016 National Championship squad-and possibly better. Mike Krzyzewski was on the hot seat after three seasons at Duke and needed 11 years there before cutting his first of five NCAA title nets. Smith's protégé, Roy Williams, got three rings in Chapel Hill, but only after falling short in 15 years at Kansas.

After the game, Villanova player Brunson said "I just think it starts with Coach Wright and his mentality of recruiting". To conclude a tournament filled with reminders of college basketball's dignity - from Maryland Baltimore County's historic upset to Loyola Chicago's riveting Final Four run - Villanova and MI served as finalists that augmented a reassuring message. He went 13-19 just six years ago, and he lost in the first weekend of the tournament as a No. 1 or No. 2 seed a total of four times.

Arguably the most dominating wire-to-wire performance, since the 2009 North Carolina Tarheels, has earned head coach Jay Wright his second national title in three seasons.

By the time the final buzzer - which was an unusually ugly noise - sounded he and the Wildcats stood amid the shower of confetti and Villanova was crowned as one of blue bloods, having now won two championships in three years and the Wildcats did it the old-fashioned way. "We're a blue blood". The Wolverines didn't lose for almost two months before a 3-23 shooting performance from beyond the arc doomed them on Monday.

"We spent a lot of time talking with him, not to appease him, but to make sure that his mind was clear that he understood what he was doing and tonight was the greatest example", explained Wright. Larry Brown is the only coach to win championships in college and the National Basketball Association, with John Calipari and Rick Pitino standing out as the epic failures in making the jump from college to the National Basketball Association.

But there is nowhere the Bucks County native would rather be than the small Catholic school in Philadelphia.

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Charles Matthews was Michigan's second-leading scorer during the regular season, but has upped his game in the NCAA Tournament. The junior guard has hauled in national player of the year awards this postseason and is a calming influence to the Wildcats.

"But the best team won and I'm actually happy they won a little bit because we don't really speak that other team's name around here".

This is what the best do to you: They break your memory.

Krzyzewski is 71. Williams is 67. 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. When the smiling 65-year-old coach stepped into the Alamodome hallway, he looked nothing like a man who had just missed a golden opportunity to reach his only remaining professional goal.

Now, as a new-school blue blood, talent only becomes easier to attract.

In the second half, when MI tried to make a move, DiVincenzo put down the uprising with 11 straight points and a wink toward the sideline at his buddy and former Wildcats star Josh Hart, who is in his rookie season with the Los Angeles Clippers. "We want to go up on top of the mountain, we get up there and we go back down and climb the big one". But he's already a legend, even if he isn't ready to acknowledge it. They were trying to be aggressive and they were finding me.

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