Villanova and North Carolina Will Decide for All The Marbles


Chris Ramirez

Villanova will be playing North Carolina in tonight’s NCAA Championship game as the Wilcats beat Oklahoma 95-51, the largest margin of victory in Final Four history. While  North Carolina defeated ACC woe Syracuse 83-66 to advance to the title game. 

The Wildcats are back in the championship for the first time since 1985 when they defeated the Georgetown Hoyas in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. That victory remains to be their only national championship win in school history. North Carolina returns title game for the 10th time in school history. Their most recent appearance in the title game came back in 2009 when they defeated the Michigan State Spartans for their fifth championship.

The Wildcats receive a lot of criticism for playing in a weak conference, in which they finished the regular season with a 27-4 record. However the Wildcats has proven people wrong and this team cruising to the title game beating one, two and three-seeds, respectively. The Tarheels will be led by seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige and will need to take control of the game if they want to capture their first title. Johnson has been spectacular all season, averaging a double-double with 17.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

Johnson has developed his game to be one of the best big men in the country while Paige has played both halves more efficiently. He has made clutch 3-pointers, and they’ll need many more to contend with the hot offense of Villanova.

Villanova senior Daniel Ochefu has been protecting the rim with 1.5 blocks per game. He also shoots an astounding 62 percent from the field. Junior Josh Hart leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.3 points per game. Hart had 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field in Villanova’s route of Oklahoma this past Saturday.

The battle between the two teams may come down to which team can make more stops as it is assumed to be a high-scoring game. Another key factor in the game will be if the Wildcats can control the Tar Heels on the glass. One team will be crowned the 2016 national champion, the odds are in the Tar Heels’ favor as they opened a slight two-point favorite over Villanova.

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