By the Numbers: Villanova’s Championship Run

Led by Ryan Arcidiacono and Kris Jenkins, Villanova captured the school’s second NCAA National Championship on Monday, and first since 1985, with a thirlling buzzer-beating victory over North Carolina.

MSG+ is celebrating by airing Super Nova: Villanova’s Championship Run Sunday at 4 PM and 6 PM. The 30-minute special, hosted by Kevin Burkhardt, will showcase Final Four Most Outstanding Player Ryan Arcidiacono, a look back at the 1985 Wildcats, a conversation with championship game hero Kris Jenkins and footage from their celebration and victory parade.

Take a closer look at just how remarkable their season was by viewing the stats below:

58.2% – Villanova shot a tournament best 58.2% from the field, the highest shooting percentage ever for an NCAA Tournament champion.

83.5 – The Wildcats scored 83.5 points per game, fourth best in the tournament.

20.6 – Villanova’s average margin of victory in the NCAA Tournament was 20.6. It was the second-best ever by a champion, behind only Kentucky in 1996 (21.5).

15.8 – Ryan Arcidiacono led Villanova is scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game, which was 69th  overall for the tournament.

44 – Villanova’s 44-point win over Oklahoma was the greatest margin of victory in the Final Four, surpassing the 34-point wins by Cincinnati Bearcats over Oregon State in 1963 and Michigan State defeating Penn in 1979.

71.4% – The Wildcats shot 71.4% from the field against Oklahoma, which is second best for a Final Four game behind only the 1985 Villanova team that shot 78.6% in the championship against Georgetown.

9 – Villanova held Oklahoma star Buddy Hield to just 9 points in their Final Four matchup. Hield has only been held under double digits once all season and was averaging 29 points heading into the game.

1 – The Wildcats lost only one game to an unranked opponent the whole season, losing to Seton Hall in the Big East Championship.

Now that you know some facts about their season, don’t forget to tune in Sunday at either 4 PM or 6 PM. The special will also re-air Thursday at 6:30 PM and Friday at 5 PM.

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