Villanova Victory Leaves Basketball Fans Everywhere Underwhelmed

Villanova Victory Leaves Basketball Fans Everywhere Underwhelmed

With such an exciting and historic tournament, the final game was not what college basketball fans anticipated.

The 2017-2018 season of college basketball was one for the books. It was actually quite historic, especially during post-regular season play. When the madness began, the nation was shocked with some of the most jaw dropping and detrimental loses that busted people's brackets. A number 16 seed defeated a number one seed for the first time in the NCAA Division I Tournament, and a number 11 seed stole the hearts of the nation and became a major Cinderella story, dancing their way to the Final Four.

During the March Madness tournament there were a few games that came down to the wire, and left fans at the edge of their seats. Buzzer beaters kept the dream alive for some and ended the journey for others. With all of this excitement throughout the tournament everyone was sure that the final game would be an amazing end to the tournament.. or so we thought.

It all came down to Monday night, April 2nd, at 9:20 p.m. The Villanova Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines were the last two standing and only one more game, and one more opponent stood between each team and the national title. The nation was captivated throughout the entire tournament, so college basketball fans surely anticipated an exciting national championship game. Would Villanova win their 2nd National Championship in 3 years, or would the Michigan Wolverines win on another stunning buzzer beater like they did against Houston in the 2nd round?

As the players entered the court and play began, the opening minutes were everything you could've asked for. It was exciting, and fast paced basketball. The Michigan Wolverines made a run and led by 7 at one point, but then the Wildcats surpassed them. By halftime, the score was Villanova 37, Michigan 28. As the second half went underway, there was a lot of basketball to be played and it was still anyone's game. However, unfortunately for college basketball fans (except Villanova fans), the game was completely controlled by Villanova, as they dominated the second half. Michigan's offense lacked, and the Wildcats took advantage. Villanova sophomore guard, Donte DiVencenzo was a catalyst for the victory of the Wildcats and scored a whopping 31 points.

For Villanova, and the city of Philadelphia, it was a great team win, as this is their 2nd National Championship in 2 years: an incredible accomplishment for a solid organization. But, for non Villanova fans, this championship game was quite the disappointment. Michigan trailed the entire second half, and it was clear that the Wildcats would reign in victory. With the amount of upsets and buzzer beaters during the tournament, the championship game was anticipated to be a nail biter. That was definitely not the case as Villanova defeated Michigan with score of 79-62 for the 2018 National Championship.

But this is what the madness is about, isn't it? You never know what is going to happen.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.

I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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