HOUSTON (AP) — The long college basketball season comes to an end for the men tonight as Villanova faces North Carolina for the national championship in Houston.
The Wildcats advanced from Saturday's semifinals with a lopsided win over Oklahoma while Carolina breezed by Syracuse.
The top-seeded Tar Heels beat 10-seed Syracuse 83-66 on Saturday night in a national semifinal for their 10th straight win. That was after the Wildcats made easy work of Buddy Hield and Oklahoma, with a 95-51 trampling that was the biggest margin of victory in a national semifinal game.
Villanova (34-5) did it with 71.4 percent shooting led by Josh Hart, who scored 23 points on 10 of 12 shooting.
That percentage was the second best in the history of the Final Four. The only team to shoot a higher percentage was that eighth-seeded team in 1985 eighth-seeded team coached by Rollie Massimino which shot 78.6 percent to pull an upset over Georgetown in the final.
The matchup on Monday night could be interesting inside after both teams dominated in the paint on Saturday. Villanova outscored Oklahoma 38-20 inside and North Carolina had more points but the same margin by making 50 inside to 32 by Syracuse.
The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985.