After Nick Foles’ improbable run to a Super Bowl 52 title, Philadelphia shrugged the timeless underdog moniker. Jay Wright is doing the best he can to entirely remove that word from the city’s lexicon. His Wildcats won their second title in three seasons tonight, a 79-62 victory over John Beilein’s Michigan squad.
After a shaky start, watching Michigan race out to a 21-14 lead, the Wolverines cooled off and Nova began to do what Nova does best – make threes at an absurdly high clip. Following a short bout of foul trouble, Donte DiVincenzo’s number was called, and it’s not a number we should be forgetting anytime soon.
DiVincenzo put up 31 points on 10/15 shooting, including 5/7 from three. Much like their drubbing of Kansas, Michigan could never find a rhythm or way to get back into the game after Nova nabbed a first half lead.
Six games and six double digit victories, the Wildcats proved early and often that they were college basketball’s best team once again. The offense consistently provided bouts of explosiveness and by March, the defense managed to match their efficiency.
While it was much less stressful for all involved, is there a cooler coach than Jay Wright? This man could convince me to storm the beaches of Normandy in my birthday suit. Here’s to you, JW, although you’ve got a ways to go to lock down the best coach with those initials.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Donte DiVincenzo – need we say more? Just run the ‘One Shining Moment’ of his game tonight on loop.
Not thought of as a starter by the announcer’s table – his bench contribution was invaluable tonight. The sophomore scored 31 points on 10/15 shooting and 5/7 from three. Have a night, sir.