The Villanova Wildcats, in case you’ve missed it, have destroyed pretty much every team that March Madness has put in front of them. They destroyed UNC-Asheville by 30 points, Iowa by 19 and Miami by 23. Then came a nail-biter with No. 1 Kanas, which Villanova beat 64-59 despite shooting just 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range. Then came Oklahoma.
Did it ever.
Villanova beat the Sooners 95-51 on Saturday. It was the most lopsided rout in Final Four history.
Why is Villanova, which didn’t survive the first weekend of the tournament for six straight years, suddenly unstoppable?
“I don’t know, it’s just that type of year where you get in a rhythm,” former NBA All-Star and current Grand Canyon head coach Dan Majerle said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “That’s what this tournament is. You got to stay healthy, you got to get a little bit lucky and whoever’s playing the best (will win) – and Villanova, they’ve hit a stride. This year for Grand Canyon, we won 12 games in a row. It’s just because we were just playing so well. We just got into a rhythm. Everybody knew their roles, everybody was about the team – you just felt good about what you’re doing. Villanova’s the same way. They’ve got great team guys. Not one guy is going to really stand out, but they move the ball, they play defense, they get after it, they play extremely hard, they know what they’re doing and they’re really well-coached. But this is the time of year where they just got it rolling.”
Six Wildcats finished in double figures against Oklahoma, including Josh Hart, who scored a game-high 23 points, Kris Jenkins, who scored 18, and Ryan Arcidiacono, who scored 15. Villanova shot 71.4 percent from the floor and a torrid 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from three-point range.
“Anytime you shoot the ball like that, move it and play defense, they’re just having a lot of fun,” Majerle said. “They’re going to be hard to beat.”
Villanova (34-5) will face North Carolina (33-6) for the national championship on Monday at 9:19 p.m. ET.