Villanova won its first national championship in over thirty years last night thanks to a clutch pass from Ryan Arcidiacono to Kris Jenkins, who then hit a game-winning buzzer beating three-pointer to give the Wildcats the win over North Carolina.
The dynamic duo met with ESPN after the postgame festivities to discuss the shot.
The full interview may be seen below.
Those are inspiring words from players who have spent the last few years on a Villanova team that, at least entering this year’s NCAA Tournament, had a reputation for doing well in the regular season but falling short on the big stage. Throw in that this was the Wildcats’ first trip to the championship game in 15 years under coach Jay Wright and only its second to the Final Four, and the significance can be seen.
And Kris Jenkins and Ryan Arcidiacono hit the nail right on the head when they discussed the team’s philosophy of “attitude,” which definitely helped them on this final play. Rather than just race up the court and throw up a random prayer shot, as a team may do with a defeatist attitude, they instead drew up a play and clearly had some sort of plan in the works.
As a result, Philadelphia can once again call itself a championship city.
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