The Villanova Wildcats celebrate their title. Apr 2, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Donte DiVincenzo (10) holds the national championship trophy after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 79-62 in the championship game of the 2018 men’s Final Four at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats came up with a decisive 79-62 win over the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA men’s basketball title game Monday night, behind 31 points from Donte DiVicenzo. That marked their third men’s basketball title overall and their second in three years (their other title came in 1985).

The game wasn’t all that close for much of the second half, something we saw all tournament long from Villanova (they won every tournament game by double digits), and that perhaps muted the excitement of the final calls a bit. But they’re still worth listening to.

Here’s Jim Nantz (with Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson) on the main TBS broadcast:

“What a great team we witnessed in this tournament, and tonight, the Nova Nation has another national championship!”

Here’s Scott Graham (who also served as the TeamCast announcer for Villanova’s 2016 title) on the TeamCast over on truTV (with Randy Foye and Kacie McDonnell):

“So much dominance, and now, for the second time in three years, national champions! …For the greatest five-year stretch in recent college basketball history, Villanova stands alone!”

Here’s the follow-up to that, with Foye sharing his excitement:

“Just to be sitting here, to be a part of this, is amazing.”

And here’s Kevin Kugler’s national radio call on Westwood 1:

“Michigan ran into a supernova tonight!” They sure did.


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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.