NCAA championship poll: Villanova overwhelming pick to win

NCAA championship poll: Villanova overwhelming pick to win

While Villanova looked unreal Saturday, I think this game goes down to the wire, and the Wildcats win in a classic final.

If you had just bet on Villanova throughout the NCAA tournament you'd be seeing this scene a lot. The Wildcats are a true college basketball powerhouse and are looking for their second championship in the past three years.

It's April 2, but March Madness is still in effect for one more game.

The Wildcats have won each game of the tournament by at least 12 points, going 6-0 against the spread in the process, including their 16-point victory over the #1 seeded Jayhawks on Saturday night. They are playing their best basketball of the year, winning their last nine games by an average of 18.7 points while scoring 86.4 points per contest.

On the other side of the court is MI, which made the title game thanks to John Beilein's analytic-based approach to defense. During the NCAA tournament, Michigan's opponents are 18-of-75 (24.0 percent) from beyond the arc.

There's quite a few statistically noteworthy items Villanova will be chasing on Monday night.

MI meets Villanova in the men's basketball national championship game on Monday, and given the coaching styles of John Beilein and Jay Wright one thing is for certain.

During this run, the Wolverines have been flat-out dominant, especially on the defensive end. Having flown under the radar for much of the season, the Wolverines did not make an appearance in the AP Top 25 until the week of January 22.

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MAAR played yet another dismal game on offense, a trend that seems to have him in a tournament long funk.

It's been one of the most thrilling NCAA Tournaments in recent memory, and we should be treated to one heck of a finale.

Villanova is commanding that by making its case as the greatest 3-point shooting team in college history.

Facing Michigan's defense has not been easy, either.

"It's just comes from the confidence we have in each other, our work ethic", said junior All-American point guard Jalen Brunson. But those 2016 Wildcats were not favored in every game as they have been this year, beating Kansas as two-point underdogs in the Elite Eight and then stunning North Carolina, again as a two-point dog, in the title game, thanks to Kris Jenkins's buzzer-beating three-pointer. According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, Villanova has a 79.8 percent chance of winning, so the numbers are well in favor of Jay Wright's team.

The Wolverines have been effective at both against other teams this season.

Details on how to watch and listen to the game below.

The Golden Nugget Las Vegas has never paid out more than $100,000, so a MI win would result in the biggest loss in the casino's history. Here's the latest game preview including matchup odds, TV start time, channels, and how to watch the MI vs. Villanova game live streaming online.

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