Moritz Wagner denied as Villanova storm to national title

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Villanova claimed their second NCAA national championship in three years after they convincingly despatched Michigan 79-62 in San Antonio.

In claiming its third national title overall, Villanova won all six of its tournament games by double digits, joining Michigan State (2000), Duke (2001) and North Carolina (2009) in that particular elite group.

They are also the first team since North Carolina in 2005 to win the national championship as the highest-scoring team in the nation.

German prospect Moritz Wagner was denied a title despite a solid outing of 16 points and seven rebounds for Michigan. However, he turned the ball over four times in his 33 minutes on the court.

Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo exploded for a game-high 31 points as he rung up 18 of Villanova’s 37 first-half points, all whilst coming off the bench.

DiVincenzo, a sophomore, went 10/15 from the floor – including a sublime 5/7 showing from three-point land deservedly was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. He also added five rebounds, three assists and a game-high two blocks on a career night, and what a time to get it.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman paced Michigan with 23 points as they enjoyed a seven-point lead midway through the first half before Villanova moved up a gear and simply dominated in a clinical display that saw them pull clear with incredible ease.