Which team has the edge at each position? The team that hits - and defends - the 3-point line best will be in business.
Villanova's seeking its second title in three years and Nova Nation is pumped and ready to go.
Then again, one might expect this natural advantage in scoring margin for the No. 1 seed to be somewhat offset in this particular national championship game. A victory over MI would give Villanova its second national title in three years after prevailing over North Carolina in 2016.
The top challenge facing Villanova Monday is how to defend MI forward Moritz Wagner. Wagner, a junior, is hitting his stride at the flawless time, just like the Wolverines. He had a historic performance in the Final Four with 24 points and 15 rebounds. His motor knows no end, and his teammates feed off his energy.
MI 73, Villanova 72: If no one else is going to pick the Wolverines, I will. Providence and St. John's showed the best way to discombobulate the Wildcats is through tough perimeter defense - they held VU to a combined 11-for-53 shooting from long range in their upsets.
The German big man carried MI through its struggles in the first half by using his size advantage against the smaller Ramblers, snagging five offensive rebounds to notch a double-double by halftime.
Exhausted of watching victories fizzle away through defensive deficiencies, coach John Beilein made a philosophical change, putting an emphasis on that side of the ball. Still, for their part, LoyolaChicago controlled tempo in the middle of the game and had a legitimate chance of winning until they blew their 10-point second half lead.
The Wildcats are playing for their second title in three years under coach Jay Wright. Like many coaches, Wright and his offense have been influenced by the National Basketball Association style of playing without a true center, and on the cusp of his second title in three years, it's obviously working.
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This is a protective metal shield used to cover the cargo as the rocket is en route to space and blasts through the atmosphere. The company attempted such a recovery during a February launch, but the fairing missed the net by "a few hundred meters".
Don't underestimate the value of experience.
While the Wildcats are the big favorites, don't count out the Wolverines who have played the best defense in the tournament.
"We have a lot of weapons offensively, but when it comes to us staying together on defense, that's what makes it special and we're going to keep getting better and keep getting better (to) be ready for Monday".
None of this is that surprising given that Villanova is a No. 1 seed, has won by double-digits in each NCAA Tournament outing, and made Kansas look like a jayvee squad Saturday.
MI is 1-2 when they allow 10 three pointers, and again, that includes the two-losses to the Boilermakers.
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Russian Federation has successfully tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the country's military said on Friday. The short video said the missile - nicknamed "Satan 2" - was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russian Federation .
"That really surprises me because a lot of things we still do defensively, we picked up watching Coach (Jerry) Tarkanian's teams with (former UNLV assistant) Tim Grgurich", said Wright, himself a former UNLV assistant under the late Rollie Massimino.
Parkland student activist David Hogg has had more than his 15 minutes of fame, and his time may be running out. Hogg said on CNN that it's "disturbing" that Ingraham has not been held accountable for her past comments.
We can see Kim Jong Un with his wife Ri Sol Ju trying on a VR headset in front of what looks to be a shipment cargo exhibit. Many people were speculating, so authorities chose to censor terms and nicknames relating to the North Korean leader.
Surveillance footage shows Sterling pushing back against the two officers when they appear and attempt to pin him against a auto . The officers pant, curse, and yell, "Get on the ground!" As the men are on the ground, someone yells "he's got a gun".
Cook's comments, reported by Recode , were part of a taped interview for MSNBC's Revolution , which will air Friday, April 6. We want kids to go to the store, right?" "Privacy to us is a human right, a civil liberty ".
Dylan Larkin, Darren Helm, Andreas Athanasiou and Danny DeKeyser also scored to help Detroit overcome a 2-0 first-period deficit. Later in the second, it was Pastrnak stepping in after a hit on Bergeron and squaring off with Tampa Bay's Dan Girardi .
Mets 6, Cardinals 2 - Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered, Todd Frazier drove in three runs and host NY defeated St. Out at Yankee Stadium on Monday, we've got a series opener coming between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees .
White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah denied on Thursday that Trump's criticism was a personal grudge. President Trump again took aim at Amazon, blasting it for hurting retailers as well as the U.S.
Ramadan, the Muslim holy fasting month that often sees a surge in Palestinian attacks, also is anticipated to begin May 15. On 14 May, Israel will mark its 70th anniversary and the U.S. is scheduled to open its embassy in Jerusalem.
Cameras used to inspect pipes for fix were used to float at the top of the pipe and crawl along the bottom, Scott said. Throughout the system, pipes are filled with varying depths of water moving at 15 miles per hour .
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Also noticeably absent during the event were Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , who will Wednesday at the chapel in May. The lovely couple attended the service without their two children - Prince George , 4 and Princess Charlotte , 2.
Bodies of 38 Indians to be brought from Iraq on Monday
The Punjab government has deputed Local Bodies minister Navjot Sidhu to receive the mortal remains at the airport. Of the 38 Indians, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.
Ty Lue to rejoin team as an observer for tonight's game
On the glass, Tristan Thompson corralled 14 boards, with Kevin Love also hauling down eight despite a rough shooting night. On Tuesday, the Pelicans were bloodied on the defensive glass, allowing 20 second-chance points in the second half alone.
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