Monday’s Game: National Championship
- Michigan Wolverines 62 – Villanova Wildcats 79
Highlights: When he wasn’t dribbling behind his back, winking to the TV announcers, stuffing shots or dishing out assists, Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo was making it rain. First, 3-pointers. Later on, confetti. The redhead kid with the nickname Big Ragu came off the bench to make five 3s and score 31 points Monday to lift `Nova to another blowout victory in the NCAA Tournament, this time 79-62 over Michigan for its second national title in three seasons. The sophomore guard had 12 points and an assist during a first-half run to help the Wildcats (36-4) pull ahead, then scored nine straight for Villanova midway through the second to snuff out the Wolverines. “If someone’s hot, feed `em,” said Jalen Brunson, the national Player of the Year, who finished with nine points and was perfectly fine with playing a supporting role on this night. “Sometimes I think about whether I’m a good defender, because in practice, he makes me look bad,” said junior Mikal Bridges, who likely made this his final audition for the NBA with a 19-point night on 7-for-12 shooting.
Sunday Game: National Championship
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 61 – Mississippi State Bulldogs 58
Highlights: Arike Ogunbowale hit a 3-pointer from the corner with a tenth of a second on the clock to lift Notre Dame to its second women’s basketball title, a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA championship game on Sunday night.
It was the second straight game that the junior guard hit a shot in the final second to carry the Irish. Her jumper with one second left knocked off previously unbeaten UConn in the semifinals. With the game tied, Ogunbowale took the inbounds pass and dribbled to the corner, hitting the game-winner. “It just felt right,” said Ogunbowale, who scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half. “I practice late-game all the time. I just ran to Jackie and said, `Throw it to me, throw it to me.” Ogunbowale earned most outstanding player honors for the tournament.
Chicago Cubs 10 – Miami Marlins 6
Highlights: Ben Zobrist had a tiebreaking RBI single and Kris Bryant followed with a bases-clearing double in a four-run 10th inning for the Cubs, who beat the Miami Marlins 10-6 on Saturday night after Yu Darvish struggled in his first start for Chicago. Kyle Schwarber homered and drove in two runs and Anthony Rizzo also knocked in two for the Cubs, who bounced back after Friday’s 17-inning loss. Darvish pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, five runs, and two walks while hitting two batters. Derek Dietrich homered and drove in a pair, and Starlin Castro added two RBI for the Marlins.
Chicago White Sox 4 – Kansas City Royals 3
Highlights: After pounding six homers in a season-opening win over the Royals, the White Sox resorted to small ball Saturday night. Welington Castillo delivered a go-ahead two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, and Chicago rallied for a 4-3 victory over Kansas City. Lucas Giolito kept the White Sox in the game against a stingy Ian Kennedy, turning over a 3-1 deficit to his bullpen.
Loyola-Chicago Ramblers 57 – Michigan Wolverines 69
Highlights: Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews and Michigan erased a 10-point second-half deficit and the Wolverines ended Loyola-Chicago’s storybook NCAA Tournament run with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in the Final Four. The third-seeded Wolverines (33-7) will take a 14-game winning streak into their first national championship game appearance since 2013, and second under coach Jon Beilein. Loyola had no answers for the 6-foot-11 Wagner and its offense, so smooth and efficient on the way to San Antonio, broke down in the second half and finished with 17 turnovers. Wagner, playing in front of his parents who made the trip from Germany, scored 24 points, had 15 rebounds and was 10 for 16 from the field. Matthews, the Kentucky transfer and Chicago native, added 17 points, including a run-out dunk with 1:33 left that made it 63-53.
Saturday Games: Final Four
- Loyola-Chicago Ramblers 57 – Michigan Wolverines 69 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Kansas Jayhawks 79 – Villanova Wildcats 95
Friday Games: Final Four
- Louisville Cardinals 63 – Mississippi State Bulldogs 73
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish 91 – UConn Huskies 89
Monday Games: Elite 8
- South Carolina Gamecocks 65 – UConn Huskies 94
- Oregon Ducks 74 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish 84
Sunday Games: Elite 8
- Oregon State Beavers 43 – Louisville Cardinals 76
- UCLA Bruins 73 – Mississippi State Bulldogs 89