Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

DiVincenzo, strong 'D' lead Villanova to NCAA title

DiVincenzo, strong 'D' lead Villanova to NCAA title

He said that in the days leading up to the Final Four, he had frequently been asked about how the team embodies the school's spirit, a question he was sure other teams' college and university presidents weren't asked.

The Wolverines played for the National Championship on Monday, but it nearly didn't happen-down two in the waning seconds of regulation, the Wolverines needed a hero-they got two.

"The Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal achievement", it says on their website. "So we really spend probably more time in that area than we do on basketball because the basketball part is easy".

"Early in the year it was hard, not being a starter", he said. We got into a lot. "That's one of the hardest parts about this, because we know what it would mean to the fans and everybody at MI, but especially for him".

Although he started, Brunson, along with Bridges and Phil Booth, were role players on the 2016 championship team that featured seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu, and juniors Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins. But Nova quickly answered with back-to-back threes by Donte DiVincenzo that erupted their fan base and seemed to take the air out of the Wolverines and their fans. Brunson had the entire crowd changing DiVincenzo's name before he came onstage and said a few words.

The Michael Jordan of DE, as his teammates call him, has come a long way from a redshirt freshman season that was frustrating at times, but probably helped set the stage for a bigger role toward Villanova's next national championship.

"Not something I would like to think about, honestly", Jay Wright said.

"And then when we got the whole team back, right before we headed in the Big East Tournament, we really had the opportunity to hammer away at our defensive habits and principles". "All the time. But he was playing in DE, and people didn't respect the competition he was playing against".

"The guys that choose Villanova usually want that".

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No, the Retrievers didn't advance to the Sweet 16-they fell to the Elite 8-bound Kansas State Wildcats-but they proved that their monumental victory wasn't a fluke, losing by just seven in the second round.

"He's a killer", Brunson said.

On that day the man who used to just be known for his fancy suits will take his place dressing with basketball royalty, who'll welcome him with one thought in mind. "We're very intelligent on and off the floor". I was just trying to make the right play. Not everyone is fit for it.

"How close we are just carries us when we're on the court", DiVincenzo said.

There have been bumps on the road, such as NCAA second-round disappointments as a 1 or a 2 seed three times in the last five years.

The Wildcats were brilliant in winning their third championship, becoming the first team since North Carolina in 2009 to win all six games by double figures in the NCAA Tournament. He could jump to the National Basketball Association, like the last coach to win two championships in as short of a span (Billy Donovan, Florida).

Opponents shot 32.2 percent from beyond the arc against Villanova this season, which is a bad sign for MI, who needs to make buckets from that area of the court to keep pace with the No. 1 seed out of the East region.

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