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Villanova defeats North Carolina to win NCAA national championship

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HOUSTON – The Villanova Wildcats have won their second NCAA national championship, defeating North Carolina 77-74 on Monday night.

Villanova’s only other NCAA championship came in 1985, the first year of the 64-team field.

The Tar Heels led 39-34 at halftime, but the Wildcats fought back to claim the victory, winning with a buzzer-beater three-pointer.

The win is head coach Jay Wright’s first NCAA championship. Wright is in his 15th year as head coach of the Wildcats.

Prior to the 2016 tournament, Wright took the Wildcats to the Final Four in 2009.

Wright led the Wildcats to the Big East regular season championship in 2006, 2014, 2015 and 2016, also claiming the Big East Tournament championship in 2015.