Villanova vs. Michigan live: Mo Wagner is red-hot shooting early in the first half

7:32 first half: Michigan 21, Villanova 18

The Wildcats are shooting a dismal 8 for 21 from the field, including 1 for 9 from three-point distance. They are however a perfect 1 for 1 from the free throw line. Meanwhile, the Wolverines are shooting 50 percent on field goals. Mo Wagner is a big part of that, having hit 4 of 5.

11:51 first half: Michigan 18, Villanova 14

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is making his presence felt for the Wolverines early. After scoring a tournament-low seven points against Loyola Chicago, the 6-4 senior has seven points already. Abdur-Rahkman is the one in pink shoes on the court.

For Villanova, Donte DiVincenzo, who has been a key bench player for the Wildcats throughout March, has a team-high six points.

Jalen Brunson will score plenty down low

Despite standing at just 6-foot-3 and responsible for facilitating Villanova’s offense as a natural point guard, Brunson is also the Wildcats’ best post-up player. Using a variety of shot-fakes and fade-away jumpers, Brunson averaged 19.7 points on 52 percent shooting this season — including 60.5 percent on two-pointers — and scored the first four points of Monday night’s national championship from his familiar perch in the post.

13:56 first half: Michigan 11, Villanova 8

Mo Wagner has nine of the Wolverines’ 11 total points so far. Villanova, which has shot

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