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!
The Sweet 16 is next in March Madness. See what madness should be seen. My prediction:
NCAA Championship Game: #1 Virginia vs. #4 Louisville
The defending champs have another big National Championship Game in store. This time, it will be against UVA, a team led by coach Tony Bennett. Bennett is a coach who relies on his team’s defense to lead to offense. They are 1st in the nation in points allowed, at 55.5 points allowed per game. Led by Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon on offense, and Akil Mitchell on defense, UVA will have an easy time against guys like Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, and Montrezl Harrell. In the end the final score is…
#1 Virginia: 61
#4 Louisville: 55
Most Outstanding Player: Joe Harris, Virginia Cavaliers SG
As I have failed to get my 1st prediction correct after VCU’s loss, here is what I think the Final Four will be very crazy-looking.
Final Four Matchup 1: #15 FGCU (South) vs. #3 Marquette (East)
Cinderella will keep dancing on this night, and the glass slipper always fits. Sherwood Brown and the high-flying Eagles of FGCU beats Vander Blue’s Marquette Golden Eagles squad, 81-71
Final Four Matchup 2: #2 Duke (Midwest) vs. #2 Ohio State (West)
This will be a great game to watch, with the matchup between Seth Curry (Duke) and Aaron Craft (Ohio State). Craft can guard on the perimeter, while Curry can shoot effectively from the perimeter. Ohio State notches a big win. Final score: 78-77, Ohio State.
NCAA Championship Game: FGCU vs. Ohio State
Cinderella has made her story so far with FGCU, and no one will stop her from winning. Brett Comer and Sherwood Brown will come out strong for the Eagles.
AND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON IS THE #15 SEED FLORIDA GULF COAST EAGLES!