Do you think MI can beat Villanova in tonight's title game?

Do you think MI can beat Villanova in tonight's title game?

Villanova can shoot the ball as well as any team in the country, and when the Wildcats are hot, there's little an opponent can do but watch the ball go in. In single-elimination scenarios, maybe the best team in the nation over five months doesn't win every year.

And still, to win, MI has to hope and pray Villanova players don't continue to resemble the NBA's most explosive team.

I'm going to keep it real, here - there is no chance in hell I'm betting this game.

It'll be Villanova's high-powered offense, led by Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson, against the Wolverines stingy defense which ranks third in Division I, according to Ken Pomeroy's adjusted efficiency. While Loyola may have risen from Lake Michigan like a long-lost dinosaur, the Wolverines were hardly a long-shot, or the byproduct of a lucky shot, steal, or deflection.

But this team got here by the seat of its trousers.

Don't get me wrong, winning five consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament is not easy no matter what team or seed you're playing. Out of the field of 64, only MI (99) and Xavier (102) scored more points in a single game. Not exactly a murderers' row.

The MVP award for this year's tournament may as well have gone to a 98-year-old nun, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, who willed her underdog team from Loyola-Chicago all the way to the Final Four as an 11th seed, while reminding fans that basketball, like life, is about more than mere winning and losing.

This is a fine model for March: survive and advance. The Wolverines have won only one, beating Seton Hall in overtime in 1989. "But after that, it's about breaks, and anything can happen". Villanova is a giant. All of those points came from Abdur-Rahkman, though he was only 2-of-11 shooting - 0-of-5 on 3s.

The junior guard has hauled in national player of the year awards this postseason and is a calming influence to the Wildcats. Big Ten teams have lost six consecutive title games both straight-up and against the spread, with Michigan State in 2000 the lone exception.

The seeds they beat to get here? Nos. U-M's defense has been outstanding this season, and while it hasn't seen anything close to Villanova, it has done its job every time out.

For Villanova, its phenomenal start on Saturday night was the main reason why it won. That may be why the Wildcats barely even talk about it. The whole world loves the over, after all those threes we just saw in the semifinal, but the under is actually the smarter play here.

In terms of Xs and Os, this is a compelling matchup. Villanova has a few guys that were around for that team, so they know what it's like to win.

MI basketball has set a school record for wins with 33. As good as MI is defensively, the Wildcats simply have too many weapons.

The Wildcats look to win their second title in three years after ousting Kansas on Saturday. Seven different WIldcats made a three pointer in that first half. It did not matter.

"When I got in the elevator with the young man, by the time I got out of the elevator, I said, 'If this kid is good at all, I'm going to give him a scholarship, '" Beilein said.

In four losses, they have shot 28 percent. With their dominant hand tied behind their back, they won comfortably, 71-59. They can't struggle on offense tonight. The difference is they did that in the first half alone!

It may not be gorgeous. Tuition at Villanova tops $52,000, while MI residents pay about $15,000 (although out-of-state students pay considerably more). So hail to the victors, whoever they are.