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The Villanova Wildcats embarrassed elite programs Kansas and MI in San Antonio to claim their second men's basketball National Championship in three years.

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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.

Nevertheless, the bench player in name only finished third on the team in points per game (13.4) and fourth in minutes per game (29.3), and on Monday night nearly single-handedly propelled the Wildcats to their second national title in three seasons, finishing with 31 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 rather forceful blocked shots, considering his 6-foot-5 stature.

"We just took it one day at a time. I never dreamed of this", Villanova Coach Jay Wright said after the game.

It's unclear how the Wildcats will look next year.

"We have a roster of our team on that chart that we all carry with us and we change it based on our guys' play".

"Bridges's defensive versatility, shooting ability and wingspan have been an integral part of this Villanova team and we believe he deserves this honor", wrote Nathan Brown, the user who began the petition.

When Villanova was struggling with its shots early in the first half, DiVincenzo provided a wakeup call for the Wildcats.




Senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led MI with 23 points, while junior Moritz (Moe) Wagner had 16.

With Michigan refusing to go away early in the second half, DiVincenzo opened his game-sealing run with an around-the-back dribble to get to the hoop and get fouled.

"I didn't think that I was going to have this kind of a night", DiVincenzo said afterwards.

"Donte competed for a starting position this year", noted Wright, "He worked really hard and he wanted to start and he was initially a little upset that he wasn't starting". We got into a lot.

DiVincenzo is a sneaky good athlete who shoots the three-ball at a 39.5 percent clip which would be good enough to lead most teams.

"I just have the best job in the country".

Villanova became the first team since the 2005 Tar Heels to lead the nation in scoring and win the National Championship.

"I've seen him take those shots in practice all the time", Villanova freshman Collin Gillespie said.

Following DiVincenzo in scoring for Villanova was junior Mikal Bridges, who dropped 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting. "There's a process that young men have to go through in their maturation in this game, and he's done that, and what a special player". With that margin still standing, the Wolverines ran a set that got Wagner mismatched against SN Player of the Year Jalen Brunson near the top of the key. He stuffed the stat sheet as he also had five rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes.

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