Villanova made its shot count

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By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

On Selection Sunday, every team is given one thing; a shot.

A shot at college basketball’s highest honor is on the line for the month of March and this year the NCAA Tournament ended just as it began; with a shot.

As time expired and the score knotted at 74, Kris Jenkins threw up a shot, time stood still and then pandaemonium.

Villanova won its second National Championship in school history over North Carolina, 77-74 final in Houston.

Last night was the shining example of why the NCAA Tournament is considered the greatest tournament going.

It highlighted its best quality.

No matter the rank, no matter the NBA prospects, each team has a shot. Some miss theirs and some make them only at the wrong time like UNC guard Marcus Paige who hit a game tying 3 pointer with 4.7 seconds last night only to be outdone by Jenkins at the buzzer. That’s the madness of March Madness.

This is why we watch.

We watch for a 10 seeded Syracuse to make an improbable run to the Final Four. We watch to see Texas A&M erase a 12 point deficit in 44 seconds to beat Northern Iowa. We watch to see Middle Tennessee and Little Rock upset Michigan State and Purdue.

We watch because they all have the one thing in common.

Now the one thing that separates the 63 teams from the one champion is timing. Dozens of teams have their one shining moment at some point or another in this tournament, but only one team has the true “One Shining Moment.”

Villanova was able to take its shot at glory and sync it with timing. The result is the Wildcats partying like it’s 1985 as National Champions.

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