The 2018 March Madness Championship Game Is Tonight

Michigan head coach John Beilein talks to Zavier Simpson during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Loyola-Chicago Saturday

Villanova was No. 1 in the Week 6 AP poll in December. Jalen Brunson has been leading the team this season with 19.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Add in the fact that Simpson and Abdur-Rahkman made two of their combined 17 field-goal attempts against Loyola-Chicago, and MI enters at a disadvantage. Villanova (35-4) also has 454 3-pointers this season and 66 during the NCAA Tournament, both records. Villanova looms over the Wolverines as obvious favorites, but don't discount the Wolverines. This kind of achievement never comes easy in the college basketball world, but when seeing the wonderful journey Wright and the Wildcats have experienced so far, there's plenty of reasons to feel confident over their chances of taking down the Wolverines to begin the dynasty conversation. It also featured a great Cinderella story as Loyola-Chicago was able to advance all the way to the Final Four, before falling to tonight's team, the No. 3 seed Michigan Wolverines from the West region. It's clear Loyola was underseeded, though they weren't among the nation's elite teams.

MI has Mo Wagner, but Villanova has more of everything else. Nova has shooters at every position, including six players who shoot 38.7 percent or better from 3-point range.

Villanova enters Monday's national championship game as the consensus favorite over MI, whether your authority of choice happens to be oddsmakers, laptops or (ahem) ESPN types.

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Villanova is favored by seven points, and it's hard to argue after their thorough dismantling of Kansas in the Final Four, but Michigan's three-point defense could potentially be the kryptonite to 'Nova's Superman.

Michigan, meanwhile, ranks third in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency.

Seniors to the rescue: Aside from Moe Wagner and Charles Matthews, nobody made any shots in the semifinal game. But it's still a bit jarring to see a solid No. 3 seed like MI completely written off. MI has been trending under: Over its past seven NCAA tournament games, the under is 5-1-1. Nearly all of the experts are taking the Wildcats, too.

The Wolverines were a No. 1 seed 33 years ago when they lost 59-55 to No. 8 seed Villanova in their second-round game. I thought when you looked at it this team might have a good run.

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"We have a lot of weapons offensively, but when it comes to us staying together on defense, that's what makes it special and we're going to keep getting better and keep getting better (to) be ready for Monday". The 3-point shooting is taken more from the National Basketball Association.

MI will need to prove it is the better defensive team and slow the game down.

Michigan's goal will be to get Villanova away from the 3-point line and redirect shots.

When the three-pointer first appeared, it was more novelty than time-tested strategy.

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