Villanova Basketball Fans Start Fire, Climb Traffic Lights To Celebrate National Title

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Photo Credit: Twitter/SportsIllustrated

For the second time in three seasons, the Villanova Wildcats have emerged from the NCAA Tournament as national champions. In a tournament full of upsets, the Wildcats were able to steamroll the competition before another dominating performance against the Michigan Wolverines in the national championship game.

Following the big win, which brought another championship to Philadelphia, the Nova fans went wild.

Local news station FOX 29 captured video of the celebration which spilled onto the streets and left fans starting fires and climing traffic lights, similar to what we saw when the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl.

Check out the video below:

Philadelphia is officially the new city of champions.

2018 NCAA Tournament Results

First Four: Tuesday, March 13

  • No. 16 Radford 71, No. 16 LIU Brooklyn 61
  • No. 11 St. Bonaventure 65, No. 11 UCLA 58

First Four: Wednesday, March 14

  • No. 16 Texas Southern 64, No. 16 NC Central 46
  • No. 11 Syracuse 60, No. 11 Arizona St. 56

First round: Thursday, March 15

  • No. 7 Rhode Island 83, No. 10 Oklahoma 78 (F-OT)
  • No. 3 Tennessee 73, No. 14 Wright State 47
  • No. 4 Gonzaga 68, No. 13 UNCG 64
  • No. 1 Kansas 76, No. 16 Pennsylvania 60
  • No. 2 Duke 89, No. 15 Iona 67
  • No. 11 Loyola-Chicago 64, No. 6 Miami 62
  • No. 5 Ohio State 81, No. 12 South Dakota State 73
  • No. 8 Seton Hall 94, No. 9 NC State 83
  • No. 1 Villanova 87, No. 16 Radford 61
  • No. 5 Kentucky 78, No. 12 Davidson 73
  • No. 6 Houston 67, No. 11 San Diego St 65
  • No. 3 Texas Tech 70, No. 14 Stephen F. Austin 60
  • No. 9 Alabama 86, No. 8 Virginia Tech 83
  • No. 13 Buffalo 89, No. 4 Arizona 68
  • No. 3 Michigan 61, No. 14 Montana 47
  • No. 6 Florida 77, No. 11 St. Bonaventure 62

First round: Friday, March 16

  • No. 7 Texas A&M 73, No. 10 Providence 69
  • No. 2 Purdue 74, No. 15 Cal St. Fullerton 48
  • No. 4 Wichita St. 75, No. 13 Marshall 81
  • No. 2 Cincinnati 68, No. 15 Georgia St. 53
  • No. 2 North Carolina 84, No. 15 Lipscomb 66
  • No. 10 Butler 79, No. 7 Arkansas 62
  • No. 5 West Virginia 85, No. 12 Murray St. 68
  • No. 7 Nevada 87, No. 10 Texas 83
  • No. 9 Kansas St. 69, No. 8 Creighton 59
  • No. 3 Michigan St. 82, No. 14 Bucknell 78
  • No. 1 Xavier 102, No. 16 Texas Southern 83
  • No. 4 Auburn 62, No. 13 Charleston 58
  • No. 16 UMBC 74, No. 1 Virginia 54
  • No. 11 Syracuse 57, No. 6 TCU 52
  • No. 9 Florida St. 67, No. 8 Missouri 54
  • No. 5 Clemson 79, No. 12 New Mexico St. 68

Second round: Saturday, March 17

  • No. 1 Villanova 81, No. 9 Alabama 58
  • No. 2 Duke 87, No. 7 Rhode Island 62
  • No. 5 Kentucky 95, No. 13 Buffalo 75
  • No. 11 Loyola-Chicago 63, No. 3 Tennessee 62
  • No. 1 Kansas 83, No. 8 Seton Hall 79
  • No. 4 Gonzaga 90, No. 5 Ohio St. 84
  • No. 3 Texas Tech 69, No. 6 Florida 66
  • No. 3 Michigan 64, No. 6 Houston 63

Second round: Sunday, March 18

  • No. 2 Purdue 76, No. 10 Butler 73
  • No. 11 Syracuse 55, No. 3 Michigan State 53
  • No. 7 Texas A&M 86, No. 2 North Carolina 65
  • No. 7 Nevada 75, No. 2 Cincinnati 73
  • No. 5 Clemson 84, No. 4 Auburn 53
  • No. 9 Kansas St. 50, No. 16 UMBC 43
  • No. 9 Florida St. 75, No. 1 Xavier 70
  • No. 5 West Virginia 94, No. 13 Marshall 71

Sweet 16: Thursday, March 22

  • No. 11 Loyola-Chicago 69, No. 7 Nevada 68
  • No. 3 Michigan 99, No. 7 Texas A&M 72
  • No. 9 Kansas State 61, Kentucky 58
  • No. 9 Florida State 75, No. 4 Gonzaga 60

Sweet 16: Friday, March 23

  • No. 1 Kansas 80, No. 5 Clemson 76
  • No. 1 Villanova 90, No. 5 West Virginia 78
  • No. 2 Duke 69, No. 11 Syracuse 65
  • No. 3 Texas Tech 78, No. 2 Purdue 65

Elite Eight: Saturday, March 24

  • No. 11 Loyola-Chicago 78, No. 9 Kansas State 52
  • No. 3 Michigan 58, No. 9 Florida State 54

Elite Eight: Sunday, March 25

  • No. 1 Villanova 71, No. 3 Texas Tech 59
  • No. 1 Kansas 85, No. 2 Duke 81

Final Four: Saturday, March 31

  • No. 3 Michigan 69, No. 11 Loyola-Chicago 57
  • No. 1 Villanova 95, No. 1 Kansas 79

National Championship: Monday, April 2

  • No. 1 Villanova 79, No. 3 Michigan 62
CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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