Watch national championship 2018 Michigan vs. Villanova Live Streaming Free NCAA Basketball match will be kick off at Alamodome – San Antonio, TX, USA, Monday 2 April 2018 online, 9:20 p.m. ET and its broadcast on Channel TBS.
After 66 games of the NCAA tournament, there are two teams left standing.
No. 1 Villanova and No. 3 Michigan will clash for the men’s college basketball national championship on Monday at the Alamodome (TBS, 9:19 p.m. ET).
2018 National Championship Game Villanova-Michigan predictions, preview::
These two teams are stark contrasts of each other. Michigan was one of the best defensive teams in the country, as it entered the Final Four with the No. 3 defense in the country. That defense smothered Loyola-Chicago, as it held the Ramblers to 57 points, their lowest output in the tournament. Michigan has only given up more than 65 points once in the tournament, and that was a game the Wolverines won by 20 over Texas A&M.
On offense, everything runs through Moe Wagner, who carried Michigan against Loyola. He finished the game with 24 points and 15 rebounds. The only two other guys to put up 20 points and 15 rebounds in a Final Four game are Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon. Michigan also has a plethora of guards and wings who will make life difficult for Villanova. Loyola made just 1 3-pointer in the entire game against Michigan.
However, Villanova sports the best offense in the country. And the Wildcats showed that was in their game against Kansas. The Wildcats broke the record for most 3-pointers made in a Final Four game with 18. They tied the old record of 13 with 3 minutes remaining in the first half.
Villanova has future lottery pick in Mikal Bridges in addition to Jalen Brunson, The Associated Press Player of the Year. Those two are surrounded by a number of talented shooters, such as Phil Booth and Donte DiVincenzo.
Both coaches have championship game experience. Michigan’s John Beilein led Michigan to the title game in 2013, but the Wolverines came up short against the Louisville Cardinals. Jay Wright, and a good portion of his current Villanova team, played in the 2016 title game, which the Wildcats won thanks to a last second 3-pointer from Kris Jenkins.
Michigan has had a great season and very much deserves to be in the national title game, but Villanova has been the best team in college basketball for most of the season. And the Wildcats have the best odds to be crowned as such on Monday night.
Villanova’s offense vs. Michigan’s defense::
The dream matchup for most in a game like this is the tournament’s best offense vs. the tournament’s second-best offense. The next best thing is the tournament’s best offense vs. the tournament’s best defense.
Villanova has been the best offensive team in college basketball since the opening tip in November. With one game still to play, the 2017-18 Wildcats have already set 12 program records, as well as setting a new NCAA record three-pointers made in a season and three-pointers made in an NCAA tournament. They’re coming off a performance against Kansas in which they set a new record for made three-pointers in a Final Four game (18), and broke the old record less than two minutes into the second half.
That ‘Nova offense will receive its toughest test of the tournament Monday from the best defensive team John Beilein has ever coached. The Wolverines are currently No. 3 in the country in defensive efficiency, and have been especially good when it comes to defending the three-point shot. That’s where the real allure in this matchup lies.
Michigan hasn’t let teams burn it from the outside this year because they haven’t let teams get off clean looks from the outside. Or they just haven’t let them get off any looks from the outside. Only four teams in the country have allowed their opponents to attempt a lower percentage of their shots from beyond the arc, and only nine have allowed their opponents to score a lower percentage of their total points via the three-point shot.
Against Loyola, a team that came into the Final Four averaging about 20 three-point attempts per game, Michigan limited the Ramblers to just 10 attempts from deep and only one make. Over the entire tournament, the Wolverines have held their five opponents to 18 of 75 (24 percent) shooting on three-pointers, and no team has attempted more than 17 treys. It’s the biggest reason why Beilein’s team is allowing just 58.6 points per game during March Madness and hasn’t allowed any team to score more than 72.
Of course it’s also worth noting that Michigan is the first team in NCAA tournament history to make the national championship game without playing a top-five seed. Slowing down the Villanova offense is the tallest task the Wolverines’ D has seen all season.