Villanova Defeats North Carolina to Win the Championship

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Villanova forward, Kris Jenkins, made a three-pointer as the clock expired to lift them over North Carolina, 77-74, in the NCAA men’s national championship game on Monday, April 4, stated foxnews.com.

The win is Villanova’s second championship in program history since 1985, and the first three-pointer on a buzzer-beater in national championship history since N.C. State defeated Houston 54-52 in 1983, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Monday’s game was the 33rd anniversary of the 1983 championship game, reported CNN.

North Carolina’s Marcus Paige made an impossible double-pump three-pointer with just five seconds remaining in the game. However, Kris Jenkins won it at the buzzer, wrote npr.org.

“I think every shot is going in,” Jenkins stated. “So that one was no different.”

Villanova senior guard, Ryan Arcidiacono, who set up Jenkins for the game-winning shot, was named Most Outstanding Player, who finished with 16 points.

“Ryan Arcidiacono, he’s one of the best players I’ve ever played with,” explained Jenkins. “For a senior to get the ball and make the right play and not try to shoot the ball in double coverage just shows a lot about him and what he’s about and he’s all about winning.”

“If I could get a shot it,” said Arcidiacono. “But I heard someone screaming in the back of my head. It was Kris. I just gave it to him and let it go with confidence.”

Duke should have the No.1 team in college basketball for the preseason next season, as the Blue Devils reported that all-american Grayson Allen will be returning for his junior year with the program, according to collegebasketball.nbcsports.com.