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Villanova basketball fans celebrate after Villanova defeated North Carolina in the NCAA tournament college basketball championship game, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Villanova, Pa. Villanova won 77-74. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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VIDEOS: Fan reactions to Villanova’s win over North Carolina

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While No. 2 Villanova had plenty of fans make the trip to Houston from various points across the country, there were also those who remained on campus to watch the action. The school hosted a watch party at The Pavilion, and as one would expect the night produced some images that will be remembered for years to come.

Below are two videos of the fan reactions to Kris Jenkins’ game-winning three, with the first including the call from Villanova play-by-play announcer Ryan Fannon courtesy of WPVI-TV Philadelphia.

And here’s another high-quality reaction, although it did not take place at The Pavilion.

VIDEO: Jay Wright’s reaction to the Kris Jenkins game-winner

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Kris Jenkins’ three-pointer as time expired gave No. 2 Villanova a 77-74 win over No. 1 North Carolina in Monday’s national title game, the program’s second national title. But for as stunning as the finish was for many who watched it all unfold, beginning with Marcus Paige’s incredible double-clutch three with 4.7 seconds remaining, one key figure didn’t seem stunned at all.

That person was none other than Villanova head coach Jay Wright. As he watched Jenkins rise up for the game winner the head coach simply said “bang,” and he didn’t have much of a reaction after the fact either.

Never in doubt.

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VIDEOS: Villanova wins second national title on wild sequence


After two duds in Saturday’s national semifinals, No. 2 Villanova and No. 1 North Carolina produced a national title game we won’t soon forget.

The Wildcats won 77-74 on a Kris Jenkins three as time expired, but his heroics came 4.7 seconds after North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch three to tie the game.

And here’s the game-winner from Jenkins, who’s earned the nickname “Big Smooth” from his teammates, with Villanova winning its second national title in program history. The first came in 1985, when the Wildcats knocked off Big East rival Georgetown.

Josh Hagins, No. 12 Little Rock knock off No. 5 Purdue in 2OT

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Leading by 13 with 3:19 remaining, No. 5 seed Purdue looked to be well on its way to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The problem for the Boilermakers: they took their foot off the gas too early.

No. 12 Little Rock ramped up the defensive pressure, forcing multiple turnovers while doing enough offensively to get themselves in position tie the game in the final seconds of regulation. Josh Hagins delivered, hitting a three-pointer with 6.8 seconds remaining to force overtime. From there the Trojans and Boilermakers traded punches through two overtimes, with Little Rock ultimately winning in double overtime 85-83.

Essentially the difference was Hagins, who ran the point well for the Trojans and finished with 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Little Rock’s been one of the best stories in college basketball thanks to the work of first-year head coach Chris Beard, and the presence of a point guard as good as Hagins has certainly helped the Sun Belt champions.

As for Purdue, the questions about their perimeter play and whether or not they had enough to be a factor in the NCAA tournament have been asked all season long. And down the stretch against the Trojans it was easy to see why many remained concerned.

Purdue struggled to take care of the basketball against the Little Rock defense, committing 18 turnovers with many of those coming as they were trying to put the game away. Just as bad for the Boilermakers was their inability to get A.J. Hammons the ball, thus failing to take advantage of the one matchup that was in their favor. Hammons finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks, but after scoring with 16:28 remaining in regulation he didn’t score again until the second overtime.

Hammons got the occasional touch, with Little Rock doubling down to get the ball out of his hands, but far too often Purdue’s offense consisted of wasted motion followed by a challenged shot late in the shot clock. That kind of execution won’t get it done in March, especially against a team that defends as well as Little Rock.

Next up for the Trojans is No. 4 Iowa State, which took care of No. 13 Iona in the first game of the day. And after picking up the program’s first NCAA tournament victory in 30 years, Little Rock has designs on their first-ever Sweet 16 appearance.

VIDEO: Louisiana Tech’s Derric Jean hits half-court game-winner

Louisiana Tech's Dayon Griffin, left, and Derric Jean celebrate as time runs off the clock against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Louisiana Tech beat Ohio State 82-74.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Louisiana Tech and Marshall entered Thursday night as two of the four teams (Middle Tennessee and Old Dominion being the others) fighting for the two-seed in next week’s Conference USA tournament with UAB already having locked up the top spot. As expected the Bulldogs and Thundering Herd went down to the wire, with Louisiana Tech winning 97-94 on a Derric Jean half-court shot as time expired.

Jean’s shot moved Louisiana Tech into a tie for second with Middle Tennessee, a game ahead of Marshall and Old Dominion in the loss column. Alex Hamilton led the Bulldogs with 38 points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals, and Erik McCree added 22 and ten boards.

As for Marshall, four of their six Conference USA losses have been by four points or less. James Kelly finished Thursday’s game with 27 points and five rebounds, but thanks to the heroics of Jean that performance came in a losing effort.

VIDEO: Buzzer-beater gives Presbyterian first-ever Big South tournament win

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While the NCAA tournament is the crown jewel of the college basketball season conference tournaments should not be overlooked, especially those in which only the winner will be headed to the NCAA tournament. That desperation to play one more day when the next loss means the end of the season is one thing that makes March such a special month.

Thursday afternoon seven-seed Radford and ten-seed Presbyterian met in the first round of the Big South tournament, and the two teams produced an thriller in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Gregg Nibert’s Blue Hose had never won a Big South tournament game since joining the conference in 2007, but that changed thanks to a DeSean Murray put-back as time expired to give Presbyterian the 65-64 victory.

The video above has the court side angle of the finish, and the embedded clip below is the television angle.

Murray’s shot came 7.5 seconds after Radford’s Rashun Davis gave the Highlanders a one-point lead on a jumper just inside of the three-point arc. Presbyterian had two shots at the win before Murray collected Janeil Jenkins’ missed shot and put the ball into the basket just before the final horn.

Presbyterian will play two-seed Winthrop in Friday’s quarterfinal round.