Villanova and Michigan will meet in the final of the NCAA 2018. The Wildcats will look to repeat the feat of 2016 while the Wolverines will try to get rid of their bad luck in the finals.
Welcome to the live broadcast of the Villanova vs. Michigan match live, pertaining to the NCAA final 2018. The meeting will take place at the Alamodome Stadium in San Antonio, Texas, starting at 9:20PM, Monday.
This will be the fourth time that the Alamodome has hosted the Final Four, as it did in 1998, 2004 and 2008. The NCAA has also played the Final Four twice, in 2002 and 2010.
However, this year has passed to the next level. For the Final Four, the Alamodome has increased its capacity to 70,000. With the parquet placed in the center of the track, tens of thousands of spectators will be able to enjoy this great show.
The meeting will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The sports stadium has a capacity for 20,662 spectators for basketball games, although it expanded to 39,500 seats.
In the semifinal against Kansas, Villanova broke the NCAA record of triples in a game, with 18, as well as the triple record in an NCAA championship, with 66, and in one season, with 454. The Wildcats are true snipers and there is no doubt that they will want to enlarge some of those figures in the grand finale.
Villanova reaches its fourth final. Having won two of the three they have played, they are one of the universities with the best balance. Winners of 2016, the team reached the final with a lot of experience in this type of scenario, while the rest have been able to grow within this winning culture.
Their effectiveness in Final Fours is incredible, falling only once in the semifinals. However, they have only been able to win a championship despite having already played six finals, the negative note.
Michigan is in the midst of a streak of 14 consecutive victories that has led them to their seventh final. Against Loyola, they reached the thirty-third victory of the season, achieving a university record.
Player to watch: Moritz Wagner of Michigan. The German player was key to his team in the semifinal, keeping them in the game when things went against them and giving them a big push . His 24 points and 15 rebounds (personal maximum) were a real boost for his team.
Player to watch: Jalen Brunson of Villanova. The base of the Wildcats has been at a spectacular level all year. In the days before the Final Four, he was awarded Player of the Year by the Associated Press and took the Oscar Robertson Trophy to the National Player of the Year after leading Villanova in points (19.2) and assists (4.7). In addition, Brunson was already part of the champion team in 2016, so his experience can be key.
Both universities have only faced each other once. In 1985, Villanova beat Michigan in the second round in a historic season for them. And is that the Wildcats continued to advance until they won their first title.
The Wolverines prevailed in the first semifinal to the surprise of the championship, Loyola. Despite the good start of the Chicago team, who began setting the pace with their defense, the Michigan attack took off in the second half and allowed them to take the game (57-69). Wagner, with 24 points and 15 rebounds, was the big star of the match.
For its part, Michigan reaches the final of the NCAA after getting rid of Loyola in the first semifinal. Starting March Madness as a third seed, the Wolverines have managed to make their way to the grand final.
The Wildcats went over Kansas in the second semifinal, leading the score and controlling the pace at all times. The Jayhawks had no response to Villanova's attack, which touched 100 points (95-79). Eric Paschall was the top scorer of the team, with 24 points.
Villanova reaches the final after beating Kansas in what seemed like a real anticipated end. So far, they have asserted their role as favorites to make their way to the national final.
The season comes to the long-awaited conclusive appointment: despite the odds of the bookmakers and the many jokes heard on Villanova-Kansas as an early final, the challenge between Wolverines and Wildcats could prove more intricate than it seems.
True, the champions of the Big East reach the final act at the height of their form, with a crushing victory over the Jayhawks and a Tournament in which they have conquered only double-digit wins. Michigan, for its part, has replied with Loyola a script very similar to others staged in this March, with a stuttering attack (but kept alive by the talent of Moritz Wagner and Charles Matthews) counterbalanced by a rear so strong as to slowly become an impassable wall for opponents. Just this last aspect could give us a balanced and exciting match-up.
With its crazy 127.6 of AdjOE, Villanova 's attack this season is one of those that will be remembered for a while (as it will remain memorable, it will also depend on the result of tonight). The test of strength staged against the Bill Self ranks was a perfect compendium of the extraordinary abilities of the Wildcats in space and in the circulation of the ball, with doubles in the area systematically beaten and through interpreters from time to time different.
You can watch Villanova vs Michigan National Championship 2018 live on TBS network or watch it online on NCAA March Madness Live.