Rabble.TV Broadcast: National Championship Preview


Announcers: Martin Soaries and Ryan Kirk

Location: Houston, TX

Tip-off: 9:19 p.m.

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#2 Villanova Wildcats (34-5)


PG: Ryan Arcidiacono

SG: Jalen Brunson

SF: Josh Hart

PF: Kris Jenkins

C: Daniel Ochefu

#1 North Carolina Tar Heals (33-6)

North Carolina

PG: Joel Berry II

SG: Marcus Paige

SF: Justin Jackson

PF: Brice Johnson

C: Kennedy Meeks

Why Villanova will win?

Villanova’s tournament schedule has prepared them for North Carolina. Villanova defeat Kansas, Oklahoma and Miami in the quadrant of death. Their 44 point win over Oklahoma in the semifinals looked like a 1-16 first round game. Coach of the Year Jay Wright and point guard Ryan Arcidiacono’s chemistry has never looked better. Villanova is the underdog for the third game in a row. They have played their best basketball when playing the underdog role. 

Why North Carolina will win?

Roy Williams has a lot of experience in late rounds of the NCAA Tournament. He has eight Final Four appearances and two National Championship titles. This tournament could be his best coaching job yet. North Carolina has won each 2016 NCAA Tournament game by an average of 16.2 points per game. Their schedule has been much easier than Villanova, but their small-ball lineup has dominated. Williams has been preparing seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson for today for four years. 

Key Matchup

Kris Jenkins vs. Brice Johnson

Jenkins and Johnson have been animals in the NCAA Tournament. Jenkins is averaging 15.8 ppg shooting 57.4% from the field. Johnson averaged 20 points per game shooting 62% from the field. The difference is three point shooting. Johnson hasn’t taken a three-point shot in the tournament while Jenkins is shooting 49.4% from behind the arc. Jenkins will have to shoot over Johnson’s length. Johnson needs to overpower Jenkins down low. The better prepared upperclassman will win the National Tournament. 


UNC 75 – Villanova 70


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