For the second game in the tournament, Donte DiVincenzo carried Villanova through a cold spell. He’ll stick around another year… right?
Michigan defends the three better than anyone Villanova has played all tournament and probably all season. That doesn’t mean Nova can’t (or won’t) just shoot over them, but they will have to find some other ways to score, too. Thankfully, they can do that. Jalen Brunson can neutralize a good three-point defense by backing defenders down in the paint and then either scoring or kicking it back out. To me, this is a game where Villanova will have to rely a bit more heavily on its ability to drive, which is why I see another potential National Championship takeover from Phil Booth, or perhaps Donte DiVincenzo. They are Villanova’s LEAST GREAT three-point shooters along with Eric Paschall – but the secret might be out on him after Kansas – and have the athleticism to drive and get to the basket. But Villanova can win in a variety of ways, and they have been dominating their way to a championship. They’ve won nine straight games by double-digits, dating back to the last game of the regular season. And their spread numbers are RIDICULOUS.
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Regarding DiVincenzo’s pro prospects– Jay Wright was asked about them after the game – something I was ridiculed for broaching less than a month ago – and he said he honestly has no idea how the league chooses the players it does and was genuinely unsure what DiVincenzo’s draft prospects will be. My take: They’ll be much better after next season. Then again, I said the same thing about Kyle Lowry after his sophomore season and, um, he’s good.