March Madness Final: UNC vs. Villanova

Both teams handily defeat their opponents to advance to the big game
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2016 2:03 AM CDT
March Madness Final: UNC vs. Villanova
Villanova guard Phil Booth shoots against Oklahoma guard Dinjiyl Walker (2) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Houston.    (David J. Phillip)

North Carolina will look 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) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985. Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova's was far more of a blowout than North Carolina's. The top-seeded Tar Heels beat 10-seed Syracuse 83-66 on Saturday night in a national semifinal for their 10th straight win. That was after the Wildcats made easy work of Buddy Hield and Oklahoma, with a 95-51 trampling that was the biggest margin of victory in a national semifinal game. Villanova (34-5) did it with 71.4% shooting led by Josh Hart, who scored 23 points on 10 of 12 shooting. That percentage was the second best in the history of the Final Four.

It won't be easy against the only No. 1 seed to advance to the Final Four this season. Coach Roy Williams has already led two North Carolina teams to championships and this squad has won each of its five tournament games this year by an average of 16.2 points. Nevada sports books opened betting on the title game with North Carolina as a 2-point favorite. Williams wasn't ready to talk about the next game just minutes after North Carolina had wrapped up its semifinal victory. "Marty Schottenheimer, the coach of the Chiefs a long time ago, had the greatest saying in the world: 'Enjoy the dickens out of it until midnight and then worry about that other team,'" he said. North Carolina has reached the title game for the 10th time and it will be just the third appearance for Villanova. (More March Madness stories.)

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