Derek Stevens, who is a MI alum and CEO of the D Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, is poised to win $1 million if the Wolverines come away with a big win.
Villanova has been college basketball's best and most consistent team all season, and point guard Jalen Brunson might represent the Wildcats' biggest edge in the NCAA championship game against MI. The elite characteristic of this team lies in how they can shoot so poorly yet still grind out the victory with their lockdown defense.
Three by three, the Wildcats kept knocking down shots, making sure Kansas wouldn't get in their way.
Can Michigan's Guards Keep up with Their Villanova Counterparts? The offense is just on fire right now.
MI guards Charles Matthews, a junior, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman will have to play well offensively and defensively.
When Wagner is in the post in a more natural spot for a forward, Villanova has a trio of players ready to stop him from attacking the rim in Omari Spellman, Eric Paschall and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree.
There are bound to be some nervous people Monday night in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada. That's just how modern basketball goes now. Villanova looms over the Wolverines as obvious favorites, but don't discount the Wolverines. Unless it's THE Wolverine, like Logan.
Villanova enters Monday's national championship game as the consensus favorite over MI, whether your authority of choice happens to be oddsmakers, laptops or (ahem) ESPN types. They've won every tournament game by at least 12 points, defeating three teams seeded No.5 or higher. They can run and gun with the best and grind it out with the most physical teams.
James about to surpass Jordan's record
James matched Jordan's 17-year-old mark in the second quarter when he scored his 10th point on a powerful alley-oop dunk off a pass from J.R.
Villanova the most points, MI way less than that: I predict MI fans will be insufferable either way. A "homer" broadcast by Nova's hometown announcers will air on TruTV while a MI feed will air on TNT.
Here's how you know things are bleak for the Wolverines: Even their hometown papers, whom you might expect to harbor a little bias, are pretty confident in Villanova. But to have seven (SEVEN!) guys who consistently hit threes like they're layups, that's just too tough.
MI projects as a better defensive team than Kansas and has been successful at limiting opponents 3-point attempts.
Villanova bombed its way past a blue blood to get there. Book it. I also may have been brought up with Ohio State fandom.
Instead of trying to hold Wagner to zero points, Jay Wright is hoping the Wildcats can minimize his impact, as the MI man hits a few field goals, per Land of 10's Stephen Pianovich. And opponents have made just 32.7 percent, good for 51st in the nation.
MI 76, VIllanova 68: Hail!
The Charles Matthews-Bridges matchup should be a fascinating battle. "I think that's what we're going to try to do". Hail! to the victors valiant!