Villanova has been favored by an average of 9.9 points in its five NCAA tournament games and has covered the spread by an average of 7.9 points, with the closest call coming in their tournament opener against 16th-seeded Radford (the Wildcats won by 26 as 22.5-point favorites).
The blueprint, or at least mindset, stretches to the early 1980s and a private liberal arts college in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where there are academic programs in the arts and humanities and sciences and engineering and so on.
Villanova, which boasts the nation's best offense with 86.8 points per game and is shooting just over 50-percent, is now on a 10-game winning streak and beat the likes of West Virginia, Texas Tech and the Jayhawks during this run.
When he was a senior, he lost his starting job. If you missed, you kept shooting. It was just any one seed, it was the number one overall seed!
"None of us cares about how many shots we take".
Now, it's doing so on a historic level.
The Michigan Wolverines and Villanova Wildcats meet with a chance to win the crown of the national champions. It peaked at 145.5 points before falling back to 144.5. MI was down as much as 10 to Loyola-Chicago in the semifinal, but Beilein and his staff just kept coaching and teaching - he's a stickler for fundamentals - encouraging to Wolverines to trust that shots would start to fall, and they'd be OK.
The previous mark was 13, set by UNLV in 1987.
Maybe I am missing something here, but MI +8 points is where I would put my money in this game. So, Kansas was not a particularly strong defensive team this year, and it showed as Villanova shot open jumper after open jumper.
TeamCasts, or team-specific coverage, will include the Michigan TeamCast on TNT and the Villanova TeamCast on truTV. Their last two wins have been over teams that slowed it down. "I wouldn't have thought that about the 3s".
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The Mississippi State-Louisville victor will take on the victor of Friday's other semifinal game between UConn and Notre Dame . Let's start by going to the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter, in which the Fighting Irish had a five-point lead.
There's a reason so much of the talk surrounding the NCAA Tournament championship game is about 3-pointers. "The film session was pretty rough, but we got the message and ever since then we've tried to take away threes whenever possible".
The most recent freshman-fueled title came in 2015, when Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones led Duke to its fifth national title.
How important is the style to Villanova's success? Wright has a 421-165 record with the Wildcats after 122 wins in seven seasons at Hofstra.
In four losses, they have shot 28 percent. Ogunbowale won Most Outstanding Player for the tournament.
Jalen Brunson: The nations best player opposes the Wolverines on Monday night. "I just ran to Jackie [Young] and said, 'Throw it to me, throw it to me'".
We'll find out soon enough whether the masses are right on this one. That's a good thing.
The coaching matchup is a great one, too.
MI limited Loyola to 1-for-10 shooting from three, but this is the best offensive team Wright has ever had at Villanova. You could see how Coach (John) Beilein was bringing the team together. "This is Draymond Green-type stuff where they can all shoot, pass, do everything. Now we're playing on Monday night".
"That's as good a team as we've played that I can remember", Kansas coach Bill Self said after the Wildcats crushed his Jayhawks with a barrage of 3-pointers in the national semifinals Saturday night.