In the end, it was the Villanova player Kris Jenkins who won the game with a buzzer beater, defeating his brother, who plays for UNC. That is interesting in light of the Philadelphia connection Villanova has, and Philadelphia being the city of 'Brotherly Love'.
Before the game winner was made, North Carolina's Paige made the miracle three to tie it up at 74-74, with 4.7 on the clock. He was my pick to be tournament MVP should North Carolina win it all. Talk about almost.
To go with the 74 and 4.7, Paige finished 4/7 from three point land.
Remember, this was the 78th edition of the tournament.
After Paige's heroics, Kris Jenkins, brother of North Carolina's Nate Britt, hit the game winning three as time expired, on a pass from senior Ryan Arcidiacono, who was playing in his 144th game.
Notice the game finished 77-74.
Jesus = 10+5+21+19+19 = 74
Christ = 3+8+18+9+19+20 = 77
Jesus Christ = 151
Recall the '77' connection to Radnor Township, where Villanova is located.
This score also checks in at 1-point under the initial over/under of 152, which corresponded with last year's tournament, as well as 'Pennsylvania' and 'Thirty-Six'. Keep in mind Villanova is from PA and this year was their 36th year in the tournament, the year of '36' and '666'. 2016 = 20+16 = 36
Kris = 2+9+9+1 = 21/30/39
Jenkins = 1+5+5+2+9+5+1 = 28/37/46
Kris Jenkins = 49/67/85 (Villanova won in '85)
Kris = 11+18+9+19 = 57
Jenkins = 10+5+14+11+9+14+19 = 82
Kris Jenkins = 139 (Freemasonry)
11/20/1993 = 11+20+19+93 = 143
11/20/1993 = 11+20+(1+9+9+3) = 53
11/20/1993 = 1+1+2+0+1+9+9+3 = 26
11/20/93 = 11+20+93 = 124
Notice Kris Jenkins went to 'Gonzaga' College High School, a Catholic High School, just as Villanova is a Catholic College.
Gonzaga = 7+6+5+8+1+7+1 = 35
Catholic = 3+1+2+8+6+3+9+3 = 35
Villanova earns 35th win of the season tonight
Kris Jenkins, is nicknamed 'Big Smooth'.
Isn't it perfect? Villanova, again, avenges the loss from 45-years ago, in 1971, when they lost to UCLA.
And again, 'Seventy-One' connects to Catholic, as does '35'. Villanova earned their 35th win of the season tonight.
With regards to 45- North Carolina suffered their 45th loss, while Villanova avenged their championship loss from 45-years ago, in 1971, to UCLA, who also wore the baby blue, like UNC.
Backhoe = 2+1+3+11+8+15+5 = 45 (Philly train wreck yesterday, due to "Backhoe")
The "backhoe" riddle was for Villanova after all
1971 was 44-years ago.
In the second half, there was a crucial 44-44 moment.
Villanova took the lead, for the first time in a long time, 46-44. The rest is history.
Again, it was Villanova Sr., Ryan Arcidiacono's 144th game as a Wildcat.
The = 2+8+5 = 15
Pavilion = 7+1+4+9+3+9+6+5 = 44
The Pavilion = 59
I have to say, I felt that Villanova was going to win from early on, because nearly every call went their way all game. The zebras, as they often do, had the biggest impact on this game.