Wolverines fall in Championship Game
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Michigan’s 14-game win streak came to an end Monday evening, with the Maize and Blue slipping up in the National Championship Game of the NCAA Tournament, falling to Villanova 79-62. The Wolverines got off to a fast start, pulling ahead by seven points midway through the first half, but couldn’t maintain that pace going forward.

Villanova went on a 23-7 tear to close out the first half, building up a nine-point lead heading into the break. After making two three-pointers in the first 10 minutes, Michigan made only one from beyond the arc the rest of the game, going 3-of-23 from long range.

On the defensive end, the Wolverines had no answer for Villanova bench player Donte DiVincenzo, who scored both inside and outside, racking up 31 points in the game. Holding a double-digit lead for nearly the entire second half, the Wildcats quickly responded each time U-M began to build up momentum.

Michigan got a boost from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who after struggling in the last game, found his mark against Villanova, scoring 23 points. Moritz Wagner got off to a fast start, but struggled down the stretch, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Zavier Simpson added 10 points to the scoring effort.

The Wolverines made the final game of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in six seasons, finishing the 2018 campaign with a 33-8 record. The game marked the final showing for Abdur-Rahkman, Duncan Robinson and Jaaron Simmons, who each played out their eligibility. Fans will have to wait on Wagner, who still has a year left, but could leave early for the NBA Draft.


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