The Ultimate Winning Play?

In April 2016, the Villanova Wildcats played the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA Basketball National Championship Game. The game was the greatest ever, and it all came down to one last play. Joel Berry III just hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 74 apiece, and Villanova Coach Jay Wright called his final timeout. In the NCAA, you have to go down the entire length of the court after a timeout. With 4.7 seconds left, Kris Jenkins of Villanova inbounds the ball to Point Guard Ryan Arcidiacono. Arcidiacono dribbles down the court past Berry, but it was the design of the play on both sides that made for the great ending. UNC played a 1-3-1 man-on-man press to Arcidiacono, to hopefully force a turnover, but if Arcidiacono got past Berry, they had Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, and Brice Johnson all who could stop the 3-point shot. Villanova designed a play making sure that Arcidiacono got the ball of the inbound in a position in which he could get past half-court and find someone on the 3-point line. Arcidiacono gets past Berry, UNC collapses, and Arcidiacono pops it back to Jenkins on the 3-point line to get an almost-uncontested 3-pointer to win the championship, and boy did it pay off. #Win!

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