Cinderella, Divine Intervention & Dominance: A Tournament That Had It All
by John Jastremski
Apr 03, 2018 | 4276 views | 0 0 comments | 318 318 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s always bittersweet to watch the final moments of the National Championship game knowing that “One Shining Moment” is on the horizon.

In case you are unaware, One Shining Moment is a three-plus minute montage highlight of all of the players, coaches, moments and storylines from the NCAA Tournament in a given year.

It’s without a doubt one of the best traditions in sports.

It allows the sports fan that has been riding the wave of the tournament to sit back and reflect on some of the moments we witnessed over the last few weeks.

This year, the tournament was up to its usual tricks.

The first four days provided some of the best drama we have seen in quite some time.

You will always remember where you were when a 16-seed (UMBC) finally beat a one (Virginia).

You’ll remember how Syracuse should never be snubbed from the tournament because they always seem to do damage. (As a proud Syracuse alum, I kid.)

You will remember the buzzer beater on the first day of the tournament that propelled Loyola Chicago to a Final Four run and turned Sister Jean into a legendary figure that will live forever.

From Cinderella, unlikely heroes and the upset of upsets, the story of this Tournament can also be the story of dominance.

Through all of the craziness of the first four days, Villanova turned the Final Four and the National Championship game into its own personal playground.

Villanova put together one of the most dominant tournament runs in the history of the event.

In their six wins, Villanova won by an average of 17 points. They won every single game by double digits.

There was no debate, there was no argument, Villanova was the team that deserved to cut down the nets.

They had veteran leadership, and they had five guys on the floor at all times who could shoot the lights out and were simply unstoppable.

In a year in which parity was supposed to rule the day, Villanova took that theory out to the woodshed.

They were by far and away the best team in college basketball this season. They will go down as one of the best teams of the last 15 years.

It’s a team that will cement Jay Wright’s legacy and will transform Villanova into a modern-day Blue Blood program.

College basketball needed this tournament.

After the FBI Investigation, the NCAA needed to remind the country how great the sport can be. There’s nothing like having one of the best sporting events in your back pocket.

A tournament that college basketball needed, a tournament that had it all.

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