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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

No stopping Villanova as Wildcats roll to second championship in three years

Villanova players celebrate after the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Michigan, Monday, April 2, 2018, in San Antonio. Villanova won 79-62. (Morry Gash / Associated Press)

SAN ANTONIO –The Villanova Wildcats treated the Michigan Wolverines pretty much the same way they treated the rest of their NCAA Tournament opponents: like a practice squad.

The Wildcats defeated the Wolverines 79-62 on Monday in the NCAA championship game at the Alamodome.

Michigan had a fast start and led through the early part of the first half before Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo rallied the Wildcats, scoring 12 points off the bench before halftime.

Villanova led 37-28 at the break and after a hot start to the second half all that was left to do was cut down the nets for the second time in three years.

DiVincenzo was so hot in the first half that someone updated his Wikipedia page with his performance. He finished with 31 points.

The Wildcats went 31 years between their first title in 1985 and their second one two years ago in Houston. Coach Jay Wright and Villanova didn’t have to wait very long for another one.

Villanova won all six of its NCAA Tournament games by double figures.