DetailsWith only 4.7 seconds left in regulation and the score tied in the national championship game, Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono raced up-court with the ball — but couldn’t get off a shot against North Carolina’s defensive pressure.
So he tossed it underhanded to teammate Kris Jenkins, who let it fly. Jenkins’ rainbow shot turned to gold as the final buzzer sounded and Villanova (35-5) celebrated its way into the record books with a 77-74 win against the Tar Heels (33-7) at NRG Stadium in Houston.
The last 90 seconds of this incredible game will be remembered as the best national championship ever.
“I just think it was so exciting to watch, both teams making great plays,” Villanova Coach Jay Wright said. “In a national championship game, to hit a shot at the buzzer, I mean, I haven’t seen many better than that.”
Villanova led by three points with less than 10 seconds to play when North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit a three- pointer to tie the score at 74 apiece. Paige’s acrobatic, double-clutch shot sent the cheering North Carolina fans through the roof.
But Jenkins’ counter stroke with overtime looming sent Villanova fans into the stratosphere.
The win was Villanova’s second championship in program history. The first came in 1985. Rollie Massimino, coach of the ‘85 team, was in the stands to witness the miracle finish.
Relive the tip-to-buzzer excitement as the 2016 NCAA National Basketball Championship game is displayed in its entirety on DVD and Blu-ray. Approximately 90 minutes.