NCAA Championship Game At NRG Stadium: Villanova Shocks North Carolina At Buzzer

The NCAA men’s basketball championship game in Houston will go down in history as one of the more exciting ones.


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With less than five seconds left in the game, North Carolina erased the last of what had been a 10-point deficit by hitting a three-pointer that tied the game at 74.

Many fans were probably ready for overtime. But Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono quickly dribbled up the court before handing off the ball to forward Kris Jenkins, who made a three as the buzzer sounded.

Villanova coach Jay Wright called it one of the greatest college basketball games ever.

"That was just great college basketball, two great teams," he said. "In a national championship game to hit a shot at the buzzer, I mean, I haven't seen many better than that."

Arcidiacono won the Most Outstanding Player award for his performance during the NCAA tournament.

"I wanted to be aggressive," he said about the last few seconds of the game. "If I could get a shot, I was going to shoot it, but I heard someone screaming in the back of my ear, in the back of my head, and it was Kris. And I just gave it to him and let it go with confidence, he let it go with confidence."

This is the second national title for Villanova after 1985.

On the losing side, North Carolina coach Roy Williams got emotional after the game.

"The difference in winning and losing in college basketball is so small," he said. "The difference in your feelings is so large."

74,430 fans attended the game at NRG Stadium, the second-highest attendance for an NCAA championship game in history.

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