Check in on the action from the Alamodome in San Antonio as the Wildcats and Wolverines face off for college basketball's national championship.
0:00 — Villanova wins. The Wildcats dominated the final 30 minutes of play, even as Jalen Brunson had a tough game. Donte DiVincenzo was electric, with a game-high 31 points.
2:52 — This one is all but over. Villanova is up 20, and the final 3 minutes look like they'll be a victory lap. The win will be Villanova's second national title in the past three seasons. Donte DiVincenzo leads all scorers with 31.
7:48 — Each time Michigan looks like its going to claw its way back into the game, Donte DiVincenzo has other ideas. He now has eight straight Villanova points, and what looked like a Michigan run has turned into an 18-point Villanova lead. The Wolverines had cut the deficit to 12 before DiVincinzo hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch it back out. Jalen Brunson is on the bench for Villanova with four fouls. Villanova 62, Michigan 44.
11:58 — Villanova has a bit of foul trouble. With nearly 12 minutes remaining in the game, three starters have three fouls apiece — Jalen Brunson, Eric Paschall and Omari Spellman. The trio has combine for 20 points and 14 rebounds so far. Michigan, despite being down by 15 continues to play aggressively. Their shots just aren't going down. The Wolverines are 15-for-36 from the field and 5-for-11 from the line. Villanova 53, Michigan 38.
15:24 — Things are starting to get a little chippy. With Villanova up 15, Michigan's Moe Wagner was called for an offensive foul, and he and Villanova's Omari Spellman got into it a bit after the whistle. Villanova is dominating the flow of the game right now. Villanova 48, Michigan 33.
18:03 — Eric Paschall has arrived. The Villanova forward was held without a point in the opening half, but has a pair of baskets in the opening two minutes of the second, and Villanova has stretched its lead to 14. Michigan coach John Beilein called a quick timeout. Villanova 44, Michigan 30.
0:00 — Michigan isn’t in unfamiliar territory. The Wolverines were down seven at the half against Loyola-Chicago on Saturday, but they weren’t play Villanova in the second half of that game. Eric Paschall is scoreless for the Wildcats and Jalen Brunson went 18 minutes without a basket, yet Villanova is up big at the half. Villanova 37, Michigan 28.
1:24 — Michigan's Charles Matthews finally scored his first basket of the game, but it is starting to have the feeling of a contest where Villanova has control. Donte DiVincenzo continues to dominate, he now has 18. The Wilcats are on a 20-8 run during the past 9 minutes of play.
3:59 — Villanova's Donte Diveincenzo is a monster. He has 16 points in the game and looks almost unstoppable shooting the basketball. The Wildcats, though aren't getting production from their usual sources. After putting on a shooting clinic Saturday, Eric Paschall is scoreless, and Jalen Brunson has hit a basket since opening the game with back-to-back field goals. Meanwhile, Michigan has cooled off and no longer can find its range from outside. Even Moe Wagner has thrown up bad shots. Villanova 30, Michigan 26.
7:32 — Michigan's game plan has become evident in the early going — play physical, take the open shot, and don't be afraid to throw up a 3. Villanova has tried to attack the basket, then kick back out for a 3-pointer if they can't get to the rim. Neither team is playing particularly well, but Michigan seems to be the aggressor. The Wolverines still are nursing a small lead, up 3. Michigan 21, Villanova 18.
11:51 — The good news for Michigan is it are playing as well as it possibly can, and the Wolverines have the lead. The bad news is Villanova has played poorly and only trail by four. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has come to play. He has seven points and has been playing solid defense. Villanova is starting to find its stroke, and isn't shy about going inside against the Michigan defense. They definitely won't be putting up 40 3-pointers tonight. Michigan 18, Villanova 14.
13:56 — Michigan has come out the way it has to if the Wolverines hope to hoist the trophy at the end of the game. Moe Wagner has been unstoppable with nine points, and Michigan is playing excellent defense as the Wolverines have the early lead. For Villanova, only Jalen Brunson (four points) seemed come out without early nerves that come with being heavily favored in a championship game. The Wildcats seem to be settling in now. Michigan 11, Villanova 8.
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Matchup to watch — Jalen Brunson vs. Zavier Simpson
Simpson has been one of the premier defenders of the tournament, causing problems for point guards throughout the tournament. Can Simpson stymie Brunson and get Villanova off track?
After converting a Final Four-record 18 3-point attempts in the national semifinal, the Wildcats will be confident, and Brunson's play is key in making that offense go.
Key to a Michigan win — Get Uncle Mo and Moe Wagner going early
The Wolverines have gotten standout play from their junior forward all season, and if he can get the team off to a fast start, it might give Villanova pause. Remember, Michigan scored only 22 points in the first half Saturday against Loyola-Chicago. A similar performance today likely would mean a national runner-up finish.
Key to a Villanova win — Take responsible shots and don't feel like the 3 is your only option
Coming off an incredibly impressive performance Saturday night, the Wildcats likely will be looking to shoot the lights out from outside again tonight. Coach Jay Wright lets them take any shot they want (for the most part), so taking smart shots and continuing to play team basketball will be important for Villanova to bring home the title.