What. A. Game.
If you ever wondered how a National Championship matchup is supposed to look when two evenly matched teams face off on the largest stage of their college careers, rewind to Monday night as UNC battled Villanova in Houston. It was a constant back and forth most of the game until the second half came, North Carolina got ice cold while Nova continued to execute Jay Wright’s gameplan to perfection. So much so that Roy Williams got away from the one strength that the Tar Heels had over everyone that played, their post play. He decided to go small late in the second half as Nova continued to stretch their lead out to 10 with about 5 minutes left to play. That’s when Senior leader and point guard Marcus Paige began to show a pure will to win as the lead was cut to 3 after great defense and smart shots.
As the clock reached 11 seconds and UNC still down 3, Paige hit one of the most amazing shots of the tournament as he double clutched avoiding a defender….SPLASH! Game was tied up at 74-74.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 5, 2016
But, with 4.7 seconds left that means Villanova still had an opportunity to score and Jay Wright drew up one of the best plays we’ve ever seen. The Wildcats took full advantage of Bryce Johnson defending the paint instead of guarding 94 feet as the other four defenders, which left the inbound man wide open as the trailer. With the attention on MVP Ryan Arcidiacon dribbling up the court, Kris Jenkins became the man of the hour as he embraced the moment and knocked down the triple giving Nova a 77-74 win at the buzzer. There is no better ending to March Madness than a buzzer beater man……mind blown.