Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Villanova Deletes Tweet Suggesting Donte DiVincenzo Got Hacked

Villanova Deletes Tweet Suggesting Donte DiVincenzo Got Hacked

Everything was decided, all drama eliminated, by the time the final minute of the 2018 national championship game approached.

Much was made of Villanova's balanced, prolific scoring as the Wildcats mowed down one opponent after another in one of the most dominant runs through an NCAA Tournament in years.

The Wildcats' recipe for success: Don't be shy about shooting the basketball, especially from deep.

It's all about fit for Villanova coach Jay Wright, whether it's with his natty suits or tailoring a national title contender.

"I do think coach really does want one-and-done guys". "I never dreamt of this".

Monday night at the Alamodome. Villanova's next 8 points were DiVincenzo's: a 3-pointer, a 3-point play, a jump shot.

The Michael Jordan of DE, as his teammates call him, has come a long way from a redshirt freshman season that was frustrating at times, but probably helped set the stage for a bigger role toward Villanova's next national championship.

In the 2015 NCAA Tournament versus N.C. State, Booth, then a freshman, came off the bench firing, scoring nine points in 14 minutes for the Wildcats. The rest of the team was 7 of 21.

MI had answers for five of Villanova's top players, but not its sixth: Donte DiVincenzo, who came off the bench to score 31 points. DiVincenzo, the Most Outstanding Player, could leave but will be a starter if he comes back. By the time Donte DiVincenzo was done doing his damage, Villanova had another title and college basketball had its newest star.

After the trophy ceremony, as players waited for One Shining Moment to play on video screens, Brunson and Gillespie flanked DiVincenzo, arms draped around each other's shoulders, talking about what they had just accomplished. "I pride myself on defense and just bringing energy to the team". Villa nova won all six of its tournament games by double figures.

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Yet the Wolverines' inability to counter with points of their own was just as costly.

Villanova had more second-chance points with 10, compared to Michigan's 7.

Everything was contested. The Wildcats missed eight of their first nine three-pointers. In fact, Wright will win more games than anyone over a five-season stretch, and he'll cut down the nets after clinching two national titles in three seasons.

Three months ago, the Wolverines were unranked in the AP poll. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats finished their season with a 79-62 win in the championship game against the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines.

MI had about 15 good minutes to start, largely thanks to Beilein's game plan to limit the Wildcats' 3-point shooting prowess while taking advantage of 6-foot-11 Moe Wagner's defensive mismatches.

"When I looked at their scores in the NCAA Tournament, there were not even any close ones", Michigan Coach John Beilein said. "Credit Villanova in both respects". They make you forget you're good at this sport, too. Everybody talks about their offense. That's the first thing I thought.

There are no "One-and-Dones" on this roster, but there are a handful of players we'll be watching in the NBA: Brunson, Mikal Bridges (19 points), Omari Spellman and, quite possibly, DiVincenzo one day.

"There was a play that occurred, and we wanted to make a quick teaching point (with another player) so we subbed him in there", explained assistant Ashley Howard. "It's a struggle in your mind, up until three minutes to go in the game tonight".

"But the best team won and I'm actually happy they won a little bit because we don't really speak that other team's name around here". That win gave the Wildcats their second championship in three seasons. In 2013, they lost to Louisville, whose title since has been vacated because of a sex scandal that surrounded the Cardinals men's basketball program.

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