NC looks for sixth NCAA title against Villanova

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 8:23 PM

The Tar Heels (33-6) latest won it all in two thousand-ninth and Villanova'south only title came in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fifth. Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova'south was distant more of a blowout than N Carolina's.

NC looks for sixth NCAA title against Villanova

NC will see for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night.

The Tar Heels (33-6) latest won it all in two thousand-ninth and Villanova'south only title came in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fifth.

Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova'south was distant more of a blowout than N Carolina's.

The top-seeded Tar Heels beat tenth-seed Syracuse 83-66 on Saturday night in a national semifinal for their tenth straight win. That was after the Wildcats made simple work of Buddy Hield and Oklahoma, with a 95-51 trampling that was the biggest edge of triumph in a national semifinal game.

Villanova (34-5) did it with 71.4 % shooting led by Josh Hart, who scored twenty-three points on 10 of twelve shooting.

That percentage was the second best in the history of the Final Four. The only team to shoot a higher percentage was that eighth-seeded team in 1985 eighth-seeded team coached by Rollie Massimino which shot 78.6 % to draw an upset over Georgetown in the final.

"They shot the ball very efficient tonight," Hield said of Villanova. "If a team do this, I perceive they can go win it all."

It won't be simple against the only No. one seed to advance to the Final Four this season. Coach Roy Williams has already led two NC teams to championships and this squad has won each of its five tournament games this year by an average of sixteen.2 points.

NV sports books opened betting on the title game with NC as a 2-point favorite.

Williams wasn't prepared to speak about the following game just minutes after NC had wrapped up its semifinal victory.

"Marty Schottenheimer, the coach of the Chiefs a long time ago, had the greatest saying in the world: 'Appreciate the dickens out of it until midnight and then worry about that other team,'" he said.

NC has reached the title game for the tenth time and it'll be just the third appearance for Villanova.

The two schools have some tournament history with the Tarheels beating Villanova in the tournament on the way to their titles in one thousand nine hundred eighty-second, two thousand five and two thousand nine. They downed the Wildcats in the national semifinals in two thousand-ninth before beating MI State for the championship.

The Wildcats seemed to handle their simple win precisely the way a coach would hope a team with its biggest game to arrive would. Forward Daniel Ochefu, who was one of six Villanova players to score in double figures, insisted there was number postgame revelry after Saturday night's victory.

"It was very businesslike," he said. "No one was celebrating. Everyone understands that our following game on Monday we'll be playing a grand team and we're not celebrating. We told each other at the finish of the game that we've a lot of work to do. We can still get better."

NC also had a balanced scoring attack in its semifinal win with Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson adding 16 points each to go with fifteen from Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige's 13.

But it was the defensive effort of the Tar Heels that Williams was most excited about.

"The latest four weeks we've been much, much better defensively," he said. "We had a brain lapse there for about three minutes in the second half, but other than that I thought we were really excellent defensively against a team that'south tough to guard."

The matchup on Monday could be fascinating interior after both teams dominated in the paint on Saturday. Villanova outscored OK 38-20 interior and NC had more points but the same edge by making fifty interior to thirty-two by Syracuse.

"Our main goal is to play a similar goal to what we played tonight, obtain the ball inside, really attempt to pound it in there and knock down our free throws," Meeks said.

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