Arguably the greatest college basketball game in NCAA Finals history ends up becoming an instant classic, unless you’re not a North Carolina fan or the great Michael Jordan.
Villanova won the national championship in style against North Carolina with a game-winning buzzer-beater shot made by Junior Kris Jenkins, who finished with 14 points and two rebounds.
“I think every shot’s going in,” he said according to ABC News, “and this one was no different.”
It feels great in sports for a player to have the confidence making a deep three to win a championship. This game was back in forth from beginning to end. At halftime the score was 39-34 with North Carolina up by five. From that point on, Villanova went on a scoring tear up 10 with five minutes to go. The intensity of the defense made North Carolina play terrible on offense, not making good passes in each possession.
But North Carolina responded, and cut the deficit to three with 1:30 to go. Villanova made key free throws to be up by three again with less than 20 seconds, making the Tar Heels take an unbalance desperation three point shot, made by Marcus Paige. He would have been the hero with one of the greatest shots in NCAA history. But Villanova responded with a memorable shot of their own.
Villanova seal the deal, leaving Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina in disbelief according to ABC News.
“I’m not very good because I can’t take away the hurt,” Williams said. “I told them I loved them. I told them I wish I could have helped them more.”
There is nothing else to say from this classic college basketball game. Check out the closing minutes of the game that will be talked about for many years.