The Villanova Wildcats are one win a way from a National Championship.
The Wildcats used an historic shooting performance from the field to power over Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners. 'Nova shot over 70 percent from the field, marking the second-best performance ever in a Final Four game. They set the record back in 1985, of course, in their victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in that memorable upset that won them a National Championship.
It was the largest margin of victory in ANY Final Four game in history.
On the weekend of WrestleMania, this game probably wouldn't even make it onto the pre-show. This was a certified squash match, folks.
I mean, when it gets to this point:
That ain't right man. https://t.co/Ud9piwQ6KF— Big East Coast Bias (@becb_sbn) April 2, 2016
There's no shame in tapping out, Bubba. Bayley might have passed out to Asuka last night, but there's not always valor in fighting the good fight.
The prodigiousness of this all is what makes you marvel at what Villanova is doing right now. Not too long ago, many questioned whether this team had what it took just to get out of the first weekend. Since then all they've done is shoot the lights out of the gym in nearly every single game in this year's NCAA Tournament. OU joins the list of casualties that features fellow Big 12 rep Kansas, Miami, Iowa and UNC Asheville.
Now, there's one more to go. Will it be UNC, or will it be old friend Syracuse? That's left to be decided.
We'll be back with three things we learned. For now: Just go CRAZY, 'Nova Nation.
Here are three things we learned from this game:
1. Josh Hart shot his way out of a slump and then some
Josh Hart didn't have his shot in the Elite Eight matchup with Kansas. While the Silver Spring, Maryland native finished with 13 points, he did so while shooting just 6-for-17 from the field and 1-for-4 from the 3-point line. Suffice it to say, Hart got out of the slump in a big way. The junior guard scored 23 points and shot 10-for-12 from the field on Saturday night, adding to the prolific night for the 'Cats. It's a welcoming sign for them that he produced at such a high level, and he'll have his best with him in the National Championship Game if 'Nova fans are lucky.
2. 'Nova's defense remains ferocious
The Sooners committed an assortment of turnovers despite a big margin of victory over the Oregon Ducks in the Elite Eight. Once again on Saturday, OU committed too many mistakes, but unlike the Ducks, Villanova was able to capitalize on their mistakes and score points in bunches. Villanova's ball pressure and defensive strategies have bene their hallmark in this NCAA Tournament run and they stepped up in a big way in Houston. Credit should be given wher eit's certainly due to head coach Jay Wright whose defensive gameplans have been off the charts.
3. A National Championship is 40 good minutes of basketball away
That's it. That's really all you have to say.