—Kris Jenkins told Ryan Arcidiacono he was going to be open. The game is tied 74-74 and there are six seconds until the clock turns red.
After inbounding to Arcidiacono, Jenkins sprinted up the court and yelled ahead, “Ryan Ryan”.
Arcidiacano heard his teammate and left the ball suspended for a nano second beyond the three-point line. Jenkins concentrated, released and nailed it.
Your 2016 National Champions, the Villanova Wildcats.
North Carolina almost pushed it to overtime when Tar Heel senior guard Marcus Paige made a nearly one-handed, double-clutched, three-point shot with under 10 seconds remaining to tie it at 74-74 a piece. And we’re heading to overtime, right?
No, Nova would win it at the buzzer 77-74 on the Kris Jenkins three-pointer which will now forever be “The Shot” in college basketball lore.
Villanova head coach Jay Wright stood in stunned silence as the confetti came pouring down from the NRG Stadium rafters. His assistants hugging him, he stood in stoned silence and then started a little fractional of a smile, but never finished it, knowing that the dream had been realized some 32 years after he began his coaching career as an assistant in Rochester, New York. Then he put his hands up in disbelief.
It was a win for the players and a win for the coach and a win for the Wildcats of Villanova everywhere.