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Blaise surprise from Kyle Scott on Vimeo.
The days since winning the program’s second national title have been busy for Villanova, with Jay Wright and company being celebrated on campus and throughout the city of Philadelphia. But the schedule didn’t keep assistant coach Ashley Howard and seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu from surprising a special 4-year old boy.
According to Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad the trio showed up at the home of 4-year old Blaise, who’s currently fighting a rare form of cancer. With his basement being refurbished into a play area for both he and his little sister Lucy, Blaise found a surprise waiting for him. Also neither of Blaise’s parents, both of whom attended Villanova per the story, knew of the surprise visit either.
You can watch the video above, and more can be read about Blaise’s story here.
h/t Kyle Scott, Crossing Broad
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.
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.
Credit: The Cauldron
It’s become a tradition in the sports world: when the NCAA tournament ends, the video montage with David Barrett’s song “One Shining Moment” serving as the soundtrack sums up what we’ve watched over the last three-plus weeks.
Who made the cut? And what image of the national champions will be used at the end of the video? Those questions get asked annually, and more often than not “One Shining Moment” does not disappoint. This year it was Villanova’s turn to take the final spots in the video, as they beat North Carolina 77-74 on a Kris Jenkins three as time expired.
Above is this year’s edition of “One Shining Moment,” with the Luther Vandross-sung version of the song being used.
It’s been this way for quite some time: an individual or team suffers disappointment, and social media rushes to apply the face of a crying Michael Jordan to their bodies. And with No. 1 North Carolina, Jordan’s alma mater, playing in Monday night’s title game against No. 2 Villanova you just knew that people wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to use “crying Jordan” had the Tar Heels lost.
Sure enough they did, as Kris Jenkins’ three-pointer at time expired gave Villanova the 77-74 victory. And with that came the deluge of “crying Jordan” memes. A few of them can be seen below, including one person applying the face of Villanova “piccolo girl” Roxanne Chalifoux to Jordan’s body (he was in attendance at the game).
And one other note about Chalifoux: she was able to watch her alma mater cut down the nets, one year after tearfully playing the Villanova fight song following the Wildcats’ upset loss to NC State.
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.