"Villanova's blowout win over MI delivered a 10.3 overnight rating across TBS/TNT/truTV".
It speaks to the program that Wright has built that in the biggest game of the year it was a redshirt sophomore from Wilmington, Del., that shined brightest, not national Player of the Year Jalen Brunson, son of Salem High hoops legend Rick Brunson, or potential lottery pick Mikal Bridges.
Jay Wright won his second national championship on Monday night. He also picked up his fourth foul with 10:51 left in the second half. Villanova led for the final 25 minutes and held a double-digit advantage for the last 18:53.
Villanova has won the NCAA men's basketball championship for the second time in three years, and they did it in dominating fashion, 79-62.
"It just shows how much depth we have, and that we don't care who gets the credit", Brunson said. To conclude a tournament filled with reminders of college basketball's dignity - from Maryland Baltimore County's historic upset to Loyola Chicago's riveting Final Four run - Villanova and MI served as finalists that augmented a reassuring message.
They call him "Big Ragu", because he has a deliciously Italian name and flaming red hair.
Monday's National Championship Game was not one for the ages - unless you're a Villanova Wildcats fan, we suppose. He'll give a long answer comparing national titles - this one "really fulfilling, really humbling", the 2016 one "overwhelming" - then check: "Does that make sense?"
DiVincenzo's 31 points came on an uber-efficient 15 shots, earning him the championship game's Most Outstanding Player award.
And it starts with the toughness of the players on this roster.
The third-seeded Wolverines looked strong early, but after taking an early lead, it was almost all Wildcats over the final 30 minutes. He would go on to provide 18 points off the bench in just 18 first half minutes.
He also drilled daggers in the second half with back-to-back three-pointers after MI climbed to within 12.
Instead of switching, Villanova started playing straight man-to-man. The two #1-seeds opposite the Wildcats that had a route to the final, Virginia and Xavier, possessed an elite (if not historically great) defense and offense, respectively. With 9:54 left in the half, a loose ball led to a tie-up between Mo Wagner and Phil Booth, and that led to some afters.
"I didn't do that", DiVincenzo said after Monday night's game, according to USA Today.
MI didn't score again for the next 5:13, missing seven consecutive shots.
From the tip, the Wolverines had that patented suffocating defense causing a little frustration for the Cats. The 17-point final score differential tied for the biggest blowout since 1992.
But the story of this game wasn't Wagner and it wasn't MI.
Villanova men's basketball tweeted a statement hours after the game saying that the tweets were not DiVincenzo's. He went for 25 points in a seven-point win at St. John's in January, and 23 a couple weeks later at Marquette. He'd scored 30 points in an 86-75 Villanova win over Butler back in February.
"I can't put this into words", Brunson said.
MI went a paltry 3 for 23 on 3-pointers, with only Moe Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman finding the net.
All of this happened at exactly the same time I noticed that Villanova seemed to be barely breaking a sweat.
Compared to last year's North Carolina-Gonzaga National Championship Game, which aired on CBS, had an average rating of 14.5.