There was no denying Villanova. And who will argue that, after Wright directed the Wildcats to their second national championship in three years, after their 79-62 demolition of MI in San Antonio, Texas. It's the third title for Villanova in program history, with the other coming in 1985.
When parity had been the story over the last three weeks, Villanova won all six tournament games by double digits.
The Wildcats' recipe for success: Don't be shy about shooting the basketball, especially from deep. Coach Jay Wright and Villanova didn't have to wait very long for another one. "Rather than come to college saying I want to get out as soon as I can".
"When they signed Herschel Walker, they had a press conference and the Stars sent me up to represent them", Wright said. MI was able too defeat Loyola-Chicago, but never seemed to be in the same league as the Jayhawks or Wildcats despite their Big 10 title and 14-game winning streak.
With Michigan refusing to go away early in the second half, he opened his game-sealing run with an around-the-back dribble to get to the hoop and get fouled. The rest of the team was 7 of 21.More news: Marvel's Spider-Man Finally Has A Release Date
Donte DiVincenzo, a sophomore for Villanova, gave a spectacular performance with a career-high of 31 points and claiming the title Most Outstanding Player.
Certainly much of it is recruiting the right kind of player to accept the style and beliefs relative to what he calls "Villanova basketball".
"I don't think these kids will even think that we dominated the tournament", Wright said. "I was just trying to be aggressive". This team made it impossible on their opponents to find a rhythm and had an answer for everything.
In a tournament of UMBC and Buffalo, of upsets and outright jolts, and of Loyola-Chicago and Sister Jean's magical ride, Villanova whisked through Radford, Alabama, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Kansas and MI by 26, 23, 12, 12, 16 and 17 points.
Mikal Bridges finished with 19 in what could be his final audition for the National Basketball Association.More news: President Akufo-Addo Pays Glowing Tribute To Late Winnie Mandela
Villanova set records for the most three-pointers made in a single NCAA tournament and in a single season. "Our goal is never to win a national championship", he said. The Wildcats weren't as scorching Monday, hitting 10 out of 27 threes.
DiVincenzo is a sneaky good athlete who shoots the three-ball at a 39.5 percent clip which would be good enough to lead most teams.
Three months ago, the Wolverines were unranked in the AP poll.
It was something that hadn't been done since North Carolina's championship run in 2009.
"We'll always remember this run, this team", guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman said.More news: Masters: Jack Nicklaus' grandson makes ace, Tom Watson wins Par 3 Contest
MI (33-8) came out playing tough-nosed defense it relied on over a 14-game winning streak that got the Wolverines to their second final in six years. "Credit Villanova in both respects". Everybody talks about their offense. The only thing that could surprise me with Beilein would be if he doesn't eventually win a National Championship. "They jumped on us, and I should have known better with John". We didn't make them.