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SAN ANTONIO - Phil Booth laughed about it on Sunday when the topic was brought up. DiVincenzo was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, but before he could even cut down the nets people started digging up some of his questionable tweets from years ago.

For the first time in men's tournament history, a 16 seed beat a No. 1, with UMBC stunning Virginia. They might have been a genuinely great team, not just a champion.

Much like how workers greased poles around Philadelphia to prevent fans from scaling them after the Eagles's Super Bowl win in February, utility poles near Villanova were covered in grease to halt the potentially risky form of celebration.

Donte DiVincenzo of the Villanova Wildcats drives to the basket Monday night against Isaiah Livers of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

"You play for me now", they told him.

"It was actually really cool".

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DiVincenzo squashed any questions about this game with a 10-for-15 shooting night - 5 for 7 from 3 -that was, frankly, better than that. A team meeting in February refocused the Wildcats on the defensive end; their offense was reliable enough. That's even if it did turn up as the most title-game points ever by a non-starter.

DiVincenzo hadn't cooled in the second half, at one point hitting back-to-back threes to increase Villanova's lead to 62-44 with 7:48 to go.

The victory also caps an absurd five-year run for the Wildcats.

The ratings for the national title game may have reached an all-time low, but they still won the night overall.

This certainly isn't to say that spending more time playing in college is the only way to success; LeBron James would certainly scoff at that notion; but with all the talk of getting rid of the one year requirement and allowing high schoolers to jump straight into the G League, nobody should discount the benefits of sticking around the college ranks.

It's now solidified: There's no other program that has this sort of success over the last several years. The Villanova fans would spend the closing minutes doing things like amassing rousing cheers when the scoreboard showed former Villanova stars such as Josh Hart and Kyle Lowry. "Credit Villanova in both respects". I think we're so similar, that's the reason why. DiVincenzo said he "didn't do that". "We should be mentioned up there".

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"I said to myself, 'I'm never gonna do that again, '" Wright recalled.

"I saw her do the shot tonight, and I thought, 'That's good.' I had a really good angle, and I saw the rotation, and I was like, 'Wow, she is the absolute GOAT'".

There was more joy, on Monday night, for Villanova.

The two Wildcats roomed together as freshmen, but they had dramatically different roles.

At the start of the second half, with MI still hanging on by a thread, DiVincenzo put the heat on over and over for the remaining play. It didn't matter. A 30-9 run that spanned both halves essentially buried MI. According to Notre Dame guard Marina Mabrey, Ogunbowale had practiced that fade-away 3-pointer frequently and rarely made it. The Wildcats took the games first double-digit lead with 18:03 left in the second half.

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