The 2018 NCAA tournament March Madness champion will be crowned on Monday night, when Michigan faces Villanova at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
TBS will broadcast the game beginning at 8:20 p.m. Central (9:20 p.m. Eastern). The Wolverines (33-7) are looking for their first NCAA title since 1989, while the Wildcats (35-4) are trying to win the championship for the second time in three years.
In addition to the national feed on TBS, Turner Sports will also produce “homer” broadcasts including the national television feed paired with announcers catering to fans of one the two teams. The Michigan feed will air on TNT, while the Villanova feed will air on TruTV.
If you’re looking for a live stream of Michigan vs. Villanoa, you can find it at NCAA March Madness Live.
Michigan’s game plan used to revolve around offense, hitting enough shots to outscore teams. Sometimes it worked. Many times, often on the biggest stages, it didn’t.
The Wolverines have made a shift in recent years, transforming into one of the nation’s best defensive teams. If shots aren’t falling, they can always win with defense.
It’s gotten them to the national title game for the first time since 1989.
Now Michigan faces its biggest challenge yet: trying to stop Villanova’s horde of long-range shooters in Monday night’s national title game.
“That’s as good a team as we’ve played that I can remember,” Kansas coach Bill Self said after the Wildcats crushed his Jayhawks with a barrage of 3-pointers in the national semifinals Saturday night.
Michigan (33-7) reached the title game by taking away Cinderella’s slipper, sending Loyola-Chicago and Sister Jean home a game short of completing their divine run.
Villanova bombed its way past a blue blood to get there.
The Wildcats (35-4) turned a Final Four showdown with fellow No. 1 seed Kansas into a laugher, dropping in 3-pointers like they were playing pop-a-shot in the 95-79 rout. Villanova made a Final Four-record 18 3s in a record-matching 40 attempts, its second trip in three seasons to the title game never in doubt.
That’s an NCAA record 442 from the arc this season — and they’re still counting.
“I feel bad for Kansas,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “They’re a great team, we just made every shot.”
The third-seeded Wolverines (33-7) had a bit more trouble against the bracket’s favorite underdogs, overcoming a frightful first half to send nun-turned-motivator Sister Jean Delores Schmidt headed to the exits early.
The Wolverines trailed the bracket-rambling Ramblers by seven at halftime, found the right gear in the second and have a title-game appearance no one outside of Ann Arbor saw coming when they were middling in the Big Ten just a month ago.