Villanova vs. Michigan preview: Three defining national championship game storylines

Storylines are always bountiful heading into the final night of the college basketball season, and with good reason. Who wins the national championship, whether it’s a team achieving the feat for the first time in program history or the 10th, has a trickle-down effect that touches virtually everyone in the sport in some way.

The 2018 championship game is even more ripe with alluring themes than most. At stake will be key evidence in debates over style of play, conference stature, and program superiority.

Here are the three biggest storylines heading into Monday night’s showdown from San Antonio between Villanova and Michigan.

1. Villanova’s offense vs. Michigan’s defense

The dream matchup for most in a game like this is the tournament’s best offense vs. the tournament’s second-best offense. The next best thing is the tournament’s best offense vs. the tournament’s best defense.

Villanova has been the best offensive team in college basketball since the opening tip in November. With one game still to play, the 2017-18 Wildcats have already set 12 program records, as well as setting a new NCAA record three-pointers made in a season and three-pointers made in an NCAA tournament. They’re coming off a performance against Kansas in which they set a new record for made three-pointers

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2018/4/2/17188504/villanova-michigan-preview-national-championship-game-march-madness-ncaa-tournament

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