Villanova Buzzer-Beater win National Title


For the first time since 1985, Villanova is on top of the college basketball world. 

The Wildcats capped off  a classic title game with Jenkins 3-pointer at the buzzer, completing their run in incredible fashion. I mean I still cant get over how the game ended. 

First up was Jenkins, who hit the biggest shot of his life to seal the deal. 

Jenkins hit a three at the buzzer, and No. 2 seed Villanova won the NCAA men's basketball national championship in thrilling fashion over No. 1 seed North Carolina, 77-74. 

It's the first buzzer-beater on a three-pointer in national championship history. Villanova also became the first team to win the national championship game on a buzzer since N.C. State defeated Houston 54-52 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1983. Monday's game marked the 33rd anniversary of that 1983 championship game. 

Yoy could take a step back and let the moment breath. Kris Jenkins shot may as well live on forever, a true buzzer-beater and the first time the NCAA Tournament ever ended with the game on the line and the ball in the air.  

However, these Wildcats were underdogs to no one in this game, as they played a hot second half and quickly erased a seven-point deficit to take command late in the game. After Villanova was up by 10 points with five minutes to go, North Carolina dived in on defense and erased that deficit in one shot.

Just as they did in its semifinal win over Oklahoma, Villanova won by connecting on a high percentage of its shots. Whether it was from the floor or the free-throw line, Villanova put the ball through the hoop.

The Wildcats shot 58.3 percent from the floor, 76.5 percent from the free-throw line and 57.1 percent from three-point range. Villanova also wasnt too bad lon the defensive end either, as they held the Tar Heels to 42.9 percent shooting from the field.

Point guard Phil Booth was the star of the night (put aside Jenkins obviously), as he scored a team-high 20 points, which is a career high for the sophomore. The Wildcats had three others score in double figures as Ryan Arcidiacono scored 16 points, while Jenkins and Josh Hart added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The real story of how Villanova basketball won the 2016 national championship is all of that and more. It's redemption for the crying piccolo girl, it's vindication for the Big East, and validation for Wright after three straight early exits in March.

But mostly, it's about the right team coming along in the right year and playing near perfect at the right time.