NCAA Championship Game Is Set

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North Carolina and Villanova are the final two teams standing in the NCAA Tournament. They’ll met Monday for the championship thanks to impressive wins Saturday.

Marcus Paige made three 3-pointers in the second half to help North Carolina beat Syracuse 83-66. That moved the Tar Heels one win from the program’s sixth title.

The Tar Heels (33-6) were 0 for 11 from 3-point range midway through the second half, and Syracuse trimmed a 17-point deficit to seven before Paige found his range. He hit three 3s over the span of seven minutes to end Syracuse’s chances.

Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson led North Carolina with 16 points each. Paige finished with 13.

Villanova blewout Oklahoma 95-51. Josh Hart scored 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting.

This was the biggest Final Four semifinal win ever, eclipsing the 34-point wins by Cincinnati over Oregon State in 1962 and Michigan State over Penn in 1979.

Villanova dominated the Sooners (29-8) after an opening 7 minutes that had the teams trading the lead on almost every possession.

The Wildcats broke it open with a 21-4 run. The stats about NRG Stadium being a horrible place to shoot went out the window along with the Sooners’ chances at playing for their first national championship.
The Wildcats, with Hart going 7 for 8, shot 66.7 percent in the first half, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range in taking a 42-28 halftime lead.

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