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

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

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

That's an NCAA record 442 from the arc this season - and they're still counting. But if Villanova is seeing the Alamodome rims as it was on Saturday, it's still going to likely come out on top.

For the kids in maize and blue, they are on the other end this time.

MI defeated Cinderella story Loyola-Chicago in the Final Four on Saturday to reach the title game.

Instead of trying to hold Wagner to zero points, Jay Wright is hoping the Wildcats can minimize his impact, as the MI man hits a few field goals, per Land of 10's Stephen Pianovich.

MI is the nation's No. 3 team in defensive efficiency and has held its five NCAA Tournament opponents to an average of 58.6 points per game.

Conventional wisdom says Villanova has to ignore their opponent and play their game, but honestly, it doesn't matter. The Wildcats then beat Maryland, North Carolina and Memphis State before their championship-clinching victory over Georgetown.

Villanova big man Omari Spellman is athletic and mobile, but still may need help against Wagner, who is averaging 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament. The No.3 seed in the West region has won three of its tournament games by double-digits. "If they play like they did on Saturday, It's gonna be a good game".

MI is in search of its first championship since 1989, when Glen Rice led it past Seton Hall at the Kingdome in Seattle. They are playing their best basketball of the year, winning their last nine games by an average of 18.7 points while scoring 86.4 points per contest.

Villanova is no slouch defensively itself, but it's the Wildcats' offense that has been impressive throughout the season.

This year? The numbers favor Villanova, which has outscored its tournament opponents by 0.23 points per possession. Michigan's first trip to the national title game since 2013 has been keyed by a smothering defense that often sparks a less reliable offense.

MI has only scored more than 75 points once during this tournament, when it beat Texas A&M 99-72 in the Sweet 16.

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The 2018 national title game between MI and Villanova, airing on TBS, will tip off at 9:20 p.m. ET Monday night in San Antonio.

Another college basketball National Championship Game.

Derek Stevens, who is a MI alum and CEO of the D Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, is poised to win $1 million if the Wolverines come away with a big win.

MI wasn't the only big preseason poll whiff: Virginia ended the regular season ranked No. 1, and the Cavaliers were also unranked to start the season. Villanova is not the fastest team, coming in at 160 in tempo, but it's still a huge difference.

There's a reason so much of the talk surrounding the NCAA Tournament championship game is about 3-pointers. Nova has shooters at every position, including six players who shoot 38.7 percent or better from 3-point range.

The Wildcats destroyed fellow No. 1-seed Kansas 95-79 in the national semifinal, hitting a Final Four record 18 three pointers in the win. Almost half of Villanova's shot attempts this season (47.5 percent) have come from 3-point range, and the Wildcats make those long-range shots at a super-efficient 40.1 percent.

"It's just comes from the confidence we have in each other, our work ethic", said junior All-American point guard Jalen Brunson.

Both teams have been on a winning streak as of late. See more details at the specific sites for any offers, as well as how to sign up and watch the MI vs. Villanova game live streaming online tonight.

This meeting on Monday night will come down to strength against strength.

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

MI is 10th-best in the country in percentage of points allowed via the 3, according to KenPom.

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