Villanova beats Oklahoma, advances to national championship

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Photo Courtesy: Josh Hart/Twitter.com

A Super Nova has hit Oklahoma.

2nd seeded Villanova dominated the top seeded Oklahoma 95-51 to advance to the national championship of the 2016 NCAA March Madness. The Wildcats will meet North Carolina, which defeated Syracuse 83-66 also on Saturday.

Villanova held Buddy Hield to his second lowest output of the season while having a night to remember on both ends of the court. The 44-point win erased the previous record for a margin of victory in an NCAA semifinal. The old mark was 34 points established by Cincinnati over Oregon in 1962 and Michigan State over Penn 17 years later.

“That was just one of the nights. I feel bad for Oklahoma,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

That can’t be said of his team who broke loose from the Sooners after the first seven minutes with each team trading leads at almost each possession. The Wildcats used a telling 21-4 run to break away from Oklahoma.

With Josh Hart leading the way, the Wildcats shot 67 percent in the first half led by the 7-for-8 shooting of Hart. Villanova went 6-of-11 from beyond the arc on their way to a 42-28 halftime lead.

Josh Hart finished with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting to help his team shoot 71.4 percent in the second half. They just missed five attempts in the final 20 minutes.

Villanova has now registered four wins of at least 19 points. Their closest win was 5 points against another no. 1 seed in Kansas during the Elite Eight.

Villanova last won the NCAA in 1985.

The Wildcats were able to contain Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, who just kept missing his shots. The All-America selection was just 3-of-8 in the first half, 1-for-5 from the arc. He came into the game with a 46.5 percent shooting clip from the 3-point range. He spent the game continuously putting on and off his white sleeve on his right arm.

“Just credit them for what they were doing. Made it tough on me throwing multiple bodies at me.” Hield said.

Photo Courtesy: Josh Hart/Twitter.com

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