They're one of only two teams in the last two decades to win two titles in three years.
"The best team won and I'm actually happy they won a little bit because we don't really speak that other team's name around here". "They'll just think we played Villanova basketball". "I enjoy it better that way".
He's resisted overtures from National Basketball Association teams in the past but if the situation and the cash was right, the coach dubbed "GQ Jay" could be swayed to leave his cushy gig in the tony Philly 'burbs. He is only the 14th coach overall with more than one championship, a list topped by John Wooden's 10 at UCLA.
Jay Wright was a Hofstra coach, who thought he might be fired after starting with three losing seasons. Villanova became just the ninth program to win three championships (1985 and '16) and has made three Final Fours since 2009. "This is one is really fulfilling, really humbling. I never dreamed of this", Wright told TBS television. And those reps and experience - you saw how Collin came in and played defensively.
I don't know and I don't care, nor should you. It was his 422nd win at Villanova after 122 wins and back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in the last of his seven seasons at Hofstra.
In Villanova's world, which now should be the most desired locale in college basketball, the best player on the court can be a redshirt sophomore sixth man nicknamed the Big Ragu. "Never takes his foot off the gas". Whatever you choose to believe, there may have been some divine intervention in the Rambler's run to the Final Four-Loyola won their first three games by a total of four points, including clutch shots in each game by different players. "Whenever that happens we go back to work".
"We're not going to call ourselves that, but if people (in the media) say it, then we are getting there", Wright said. "He's all about us", Booth said.
"Honestly, I didn't look at the score at all", DiVincenzo said.
If his first 3 wasn't demoralizing enough, DiVincenzo made another, then took a bounce pass from Brunson for a dunk, then paid it forward with an assist to Spellman.
While DiVincenzo is likely to steal the spotlight for his tremendous performance, credit must also be given to guard Mikal Bridges who stepped up and showed incredible defense in the second half after Jalen Brunson was benched due to foul trouble.
Their two closest games in the tournament were 12-point wins over West Virginia and Texas Tech. "It's very humbling to know that we've been able to do this". Beilein worked his magic and came up just one win short of a National Championship. ESPN draft scribe Jonathan Givony rated him as only the 63rd-best prospect in this year's potential class before the NCAA tournament, and another year with the Wildcats - this time as a starter - could be even more beneficial to his credentials than his massive game against MI. "We judge ourselves on how the guys do in school, how they grow as men, how we play night in and night out".