Those first three teams with double-digits sweeps into the championship game won titles - Michigan State in 2000, Duke in 2001 and North Carolina in 2009.
The 2017-18 college basketball season is down to its final day, and only two teams are left standing: Villanova and MI. They won the Big Ten Tournament last month and have stormed through some solid opponents in recent weeks on the way to the NCAA Tournament final. Villanova and MI will meet in a battle of arguably the two best teams in the entire field on Monday, but only one will emerge as the national champion.
MI basketball has set a school record for wins with 33.
The Rebels in that game against in also attempted a semifinal-record 35 3s.
With a lineup full of tall, athletic players who can create their shots and drain them, Villanova is recalculating the risk-reward equation of the three.
The concern even if they do limit Villanova's 3s: Back-door cuts.
The Ramblers had a hard time getting the ball to cutters against the bigger Wolverines, but the Wildcats are long and have strong finishers at almost every position.
The German big man is a match-up nightmare with his agility, pinpoint passing and ability to knock down 3-pointers.
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Naturally, both of these methods will be proved wrong someday, just as Syracuse proved both of them wrong in the 2003 NCAA tournament.
MI had the nation's No. 3 defense efficiency-wise and put Loyola on lockdown in the second half, forcing the Ramblers into a rash of turnovers to race away.
It's also worth noting that Villanova has a top-15 rated defense, and is pretty adept at shutting other teams down. By turning the game into a slow, grind it out, half-court game, the Wolverine defense and John Beilein offensive sets will contain how fast the points go up on the scoreboard.
Villanova plays a completely different game, featuring smaller guards that can shoot and dribble.
"When you have a group of guys that really trust each other on both ends of the floor, that aren't really caring about individual honors, individual success, just focused on the team successes, it's great to play like that", Brunson explained.
Mikal Bridges is that player for Villanova. During Michigan's 14-game winning streak, no opponent has hit more than seven threes in a game.
Seniors to the rescue: Aside from Moe Wagner and Charles Matthews, nobody made any shots in the semifinal game.
If you want to know who's going to win a sixth tournament game in a row, it's hardly a methodological breakthrough to examine what these teams have done over their preceding five contests.