By: Marques Cruz
There you have it, Villanova surprising us all once again. Did you see that shot? Jenkins definitely is clutch. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you must be living under a rock. For all your Patrick Star’s out there, Pennsylvania’s own Villanova Wildcats successfully beat North Carolina University Tar Heels to win the March Madness tournament. The Tar Heels held most of the momentum for most of the matchup and led 39-34 at halftime. The Wildcats were not going to be outdone and the team knew if they wanted to win, someone would have to step up. In the second half, Villanova came out swinging taking all of the momentum from the Tarheels. Villanova managed to tie the game off of a three pointer shot by Mikal Bridges with 14:08 left in the second half. Sophomore Phil Booth stepped up big time scoring 20 points. He shot 6-7 and sunk 2 threes. This just so happened to be his season high and 13 more than his average of just 7 points per game. Talk about wanting it bad. With 12 minutes left in the game, Booth hit back to back shots giving Nova a 3 point lead. The scored remained 49-46 for about 2 minutes until Kris Jenkins hit a 2 pointer with 10:30 left in the game. Fast forward a couple minutes and you get Nova up 9 with 4 minutes left in the game. WIth 1:52 left in the game the Wildcats held a 6 point lead and only a few stops left to be crowned National Champs. The Tar Heels showed that they would not let Villanova walk away with this W and so they rallied back, bringing the deficit to only one point with one minute remaining. From here on out you witness arguably the most clutch, down to the wire finish that a National game has to offer. Josh Hart sunk two free throws with 13 seconds left to give Nova a three point lead. “Game!” many people thought but Carolina guard Marcus Paige sunk a double clutch three pointer to tie the game with 6 seconds remaining. What a shot! As many fans thought this game was over, Nova players did not panic. Ryan Arcidiacono brought up the ball and dished it off to Kris Jenkins for a open three. Jenkins let it go as time expired and we watched the ball soar the air for what felt like 10 minutes. As time expired, the ball swished into the net and the Wildcats were crowned National Champions from a remarkable shot. What a time to be alive for Nova fans as well as all basketball fans nation wide.