Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
North Carolina inbounded the ball down 74-71 with just over 13 seconds to play and it became very apparent very quickly that this would be the Tar Heels’ last gasp. Joel Berry II carried the ball across center court, took too much time, and before you blinked the Tar Heels’ incredible season was slipping away.
That is, until Marcus Paige got the ball in his hands with just over five seconds seconds remaining and hit the shot of the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats were stunned. Michael Jordan and Tar Heel nation rejoiced and North Carolina was one defensive stand away from sending the National Championship to overtime.
But Kris Jenkins had other plans. With four fouls to his name and over six minutes left to play, Jenkins idled on the bench for a while, waiting for his turn to re-enter the game and make a difference.
He got that chance with 4.7 seconds to play and he certainly didn’t take it for granted.
As cool as can be, Jenkins fielded Ryan Arcidiacono’s pass and knocked down a deep 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 77-74 victory.
And that was all she wrote. The Villanova Wildcats have won their second National Championship in school history, their first since 1985, and America got one of the greatest National Championship finishes in NCAA Tournament history.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.
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