Fans can watch the North Carolina vs. Villanova game live online and see which team dances away with the 2016 NCAA Tournament title.
After a wide-open tournament that saw one favorite get knocked out on the first day, and another fail to make the Final Four, the Tar Heels and Wildcats were able to withstand the pressure and dominate their way to Monday’s title game.
The 2016 NCAA title game will start Monday at 9:19 p.m. with coverage on TBS. The Villanova vs. North Carolina matchup will also be available for those watching live over the Internet (a link to the streaming video can be found below).
As the Washington Post notes, both teams come into the game riding hot streaks. The Tar Heels have won all five of their tournament games by double-digit margins, with the closest game an 88-74 win over Notre Dame. North Carolina has won those games by an average of 16.2 points.
As they did twice earlier in the year, North Carolina was able to withstand a charging Syracuse team and come through with a victory. But unlike its two regular-season meetings, the third win wasn’t very close by the end.
“Usually you get 16 down to them the next thing that happens is you’re down 25,” Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said. “After we cut it to seven, if they hadn’t made a three the rest of the night we might have had a chance. But they did.”
Villanova has been similarly hot, the report noted, including shutting down Oklahoma star and national player of the year Buddy Hield in the Final Four.
“Villanova did have one close game. The Wildcats had to come from behind in the second half to beat Kansas — the top seed in the tournament — in the South Region final, winning 64-59. They shot just 40 percent from the field but won with the kind of defense few imagined they could conjure.”
Fans who watch the North Carolina vs. Villanova game live online may see a clash of styles. Though Villanova lives and dies by playing small and emphasizing the three-pointer, North Carolina and coach Roy Williams are a bit more old school. They employ a more traditional lineup with two guards and two post players, ESPN notes, including big men Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson in the starting lineup and Joel James and Isaiah Hicks coming off the bench.
With such a big lineup, the Tar Heels go inside often, scoring 61 percent of their points inside the three-point arc.
“Maybe it’s old school, it’s definitely not necessarily the way Golden State plays, and nobody loves to watch them more than I do,” Williams said.
The other advantage of that style is getting opponents in foul trouble, ESPN notes. In the Final Four, the Tar Heels have been able to force Syracuse guard Michael Gbinije to foul out and got Malachi Richardson in trouble with four fouls.
“So I’ve always been one of those that felt like if we could get some of the other teams’ best players out of the game, we had a better chance to win,” Williams said. “Yet I didn’t want to recruit just big, ugly, old, big guys, smelly armpits, all that stuff. I wanted to find some pretty guys who could shoot the ball, too, because I liked the balance of it there.”
Those who want to watch the North Carolina vs. Syracuse game can turn to NCAA March Madness Live for streaming video of the 2016 Final Four matchup.
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