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Apr 5, 2016
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Just when you thought you've seen it all after Marcus Paige's double-clutch, game-tying three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left, Kris Jenkins hits the game-winning buzzer-beater from beyond the arc to give the Villanova Wildcats a 77-74 victory over the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, and its first National Championship since 1985.

Off a pass from Wildcats point guard Ryan Arcidiacono, Jenkins swished the shot that broke the hearts of the UNC faithful, which included NBA legend and alum Michael Jordan.

"I think every shot's going in, and this one was no different," said Jenkins, who finished with 14 points.

As for Arcidiacono's part, he said, "If I could get a shot, I was going to shoot it. But I heard someone screaming in the back of my head. It was Kris. I just gave it to him and he let it go with confidence."

The Tar Heels were on the verge of mounting a comeback after being down six points with under two minutes left. It seemed that the game was headed into overtime after Paige's miraculous heave before the Wildcats' perfect set-up play.

Before Jenkins' game-winner, it was sixth man Phil Booth who carried the offensive load earlier in the game for the balanced Villanova squad. He finished with a team-high 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

After being doubted for most part of the tournament, the Jay Wright-mentored Wildcats proved that one doesn't need a superstar to come out on top. Their Final Four matchup with the much-heralded Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners was clear proof: Villanova limited the Naismith College Player of the Year to a measly nine points, on their way to the most lopsided result in Final Four history, 95-51.

What a thrilling end to this year's NCAA March Madness:

Congratulations, Villanova Wildcats!

And sorry, Mike.

 

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