Breaking Down Villanova's National Title Game With Michigan

The Wildcats will play for their second national title in three years.

Matt Leon
April 02, 2018 - 3:48 pm
Mar 31, 2018; San Antonio, TX, United States; Villanova Wildcats forward Omari Spellman (14) celebrates with fans after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals of the 2018 men's Final Four at Alamodome.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - The Villanova Wildcats will play for their second national title in three years tonight when they take on Michigan down in San Antonio.

It has taken five wins to get the Wildcats to the brink of another title.

So far in this tournament Villanova has defeated:

Radford (1st round) 87-61  
Alabama (2nd round) 81-58 
West Virginia (Sweet 16) 90-78 
Texas Tech (Elite 8) 71-59
Kansas (Final Four) 95-79. 

Villanova brings a 35-4 record into tonight's game. 

Michigan is 33-7. The Wolverines' journey to this game featured wins over:

Montana (1st round) 61-47
Houston (2nd round) 64-63
Texas A & M (Sweet 16) 99-72
Florida State (Elite 8) 58-54
Loyola-Chicago (Final Four) 69-57

READ: As Villanova Seeks Another Title, Nova Nation Couldn't Be Prouder

Villanova is 3-1 against Michigan all-time. The only prior meeting in the NCAA Tournament between the two programs occurred in the second round back in 1985 when the Wildcats beat the Wolverines 59-55 en route to the program's first National Championship. The last meeting between the programs occurred in Brooklyn on November 25th, 2014 with Villanova winning 60-55.

KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon spoke with Joe Juliano and Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer to get their thoughts on tonight's game.

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Listen to the complete interview with Mike Jensen:

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