Houston, we have a problem!
Monday night, after Marcus Paige hit arguably one of the greatest shots in March Madness history, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels walked off of the court devastated. Thanks to Kris Jenkins.
Jenkins took on the likes of Christian Laettner in the final 4.7 seconds left in this year’s National Championship game for men’s basketball. Jenkins had been in foul trouble all night, but he stayed composed and hit major buckets in the final stretch. A mid post fadeaway and late three in the shot clock before the final shot had him feeling confident as ever. He shot over 50 percent from three and averaged 16.2 points per game in the tournament.
Ryan Arcidiacono led this team all year. The senior finished his college career the best way possible, not only winning a championship, but being the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four. He came out very aggressive and scored the first seven points. He went quiet for a really long time, but he hit a few clutch buckets along with Phil Booth (scored a career high with 20 points and FGM/FGA <6/7>) to push the lead to double digits with five minutes left. Arcidiacono could have shot the last shot, but he made a decision that a true leader would have made by trusting his best shooter.
The success of this Villanova didn’t come overnight. This team has fought over the last few years to bring the Wildcats back into the limelight. The tough gritty character of this team was why they won. In their last few games they out hustled and toughened up their opponents. Josh Hart had major heart out there on that floor last night. The little deflections and defensive pressure were their keys to success.
The Tar Heels had no fast break points and that was due to the way Villanova controlled the tempo all night.
This was the best college basketball game in the last few years. From a fan’s perspective that was all you could ask for in a national championship game, but you hate that North Carolina had to end their senior’s college career on a shot that will haunt them forever.