National championship preview: Villanova vs. Michigan

National championship preview: Villanova vs. Michigan
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After weeks of ill-advised bracket selections, nerve-wrecking moments and buzzer-beaters, the day is almost here: The national championship game takes place tomorrow.

The title showdown is set after No. 1 Villanova and No. 3 Michigan advanced through the Final Four after defeating No. 1 Kansas and No. 11 Loyola-Chicago, respectively.

The game is set to tip off at 9:20 p.m. ET and will be televised on TBS. Live stream of the national championship game is available here


Despite the Final Four not being the most exciting of rounds we've seen this month, college basketball fans are still in for a treat tomorrow afternoon when the Wolverines and Wildcats battle for bragging rights and their place in history.

Michigan held No. 11 Loyola-Chicago's streaking offense to 57 points en route to a 69-57 victory. While that result was impressive, it pales in comparison to the day the Wildcats had against a fellow top seed.

Much like Villanova's victory over Kansas in the Elite 8 back in 2016, the Wildcats put on a defensive spectacle against the Jayhawks in a 95-79 domination.

Villanova's defense came through when it needed to against Kansas, but give credit where credit is due - this offense is no joke.

It's no laughing matter that six (yes, six) players scored in double-digits for Villanova, including four players scoring at least 15 points.

Jalen Brunson (18 points) and Mikal Bridges (10 points) contributed like they always do, one but the emerge of guard Eric Paschall (24 points) put the country on notice that this Wildcats team can play both ends of the floor with any team team in nation.

The Wolverines defense will have to play its best game of the season tomorrow to have any chance against the Wildcats, who are coming off a 95-point offensive clinic against the Jayhawks. But while Villanova might have an advantage shooting the ball from the perimeter, Michigan might have the edge inside.

Moritz Wagner, for those who didn't know his name until his historic double-double yesterday, knows how to throw his weight around the paint. He's also not afraid to stretch the floor and sink shots from beyond the arc.

After an outstanding 24-point, 15-rebound game against the Ramblers, Wagner has become the biggest threat to Villanova winning its second national championship in three years.

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