Villanova’s 95-51 victory over Oklahoma gave the Final Four a clear title contender with the Wildcats pushing their way into Monday night’s national championship game in a historic manner.
The Wildcats forced turnovers with their defensive pressure and paired easy buckets with continued hot shooting from all over the floor. Josh Hart was a force with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting, eight rebounds and four assists, leading the way in an undressing of Oklahoma that had the Internet showing its best and worst in the Sooners’ demise.
A few notes about the historic nature of Villanova’s win:
1. Villanova’s 44-point margin of victory is the most ever in a Final Four game. Oklahoma also becomes just the second team ever to lose by 44-plus as a single-digit seed in NCAA Tournament history (Rhode Island, vs. UNC in 1993).
2. Villanova’s 71.4 percent field goal percentage is the second-best in Final Four history. The best? None other than Villanova’s lights-out night against Georgetown in the 1985 national championship game (78.6).
3. Per College Basketball Reference, since 1979, no No. 1 or No. 2 seed had ever lost an NCAA Tournament game by more than 27 points before Oklahoma’s loss by 44 to Villanova.
4. The FiveThirtyEight Win Probability shows the one-sided nature of this game. It got ugly real quick in the second half, as Oklahoma’s mistakes continued and Villanova dropped a couple of back-breaking 3-pointers.
5. Villanova’s largest margin of victory in the Final Four is also the largest margin of victory in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Oregon’s 39-point win against No. 16 Holy Cross in the first round was the previous high.
6. Oklahoma has been here before. Since the football team won the 2000 national title, the Sooners are 0-6 in BCS title games, College Football Playoff games and Final Fours.
7. Villanova is on pace for most dominant tournament performance ever. The Wildcats’ 24.2-point scoring margin for the tournament is on pace to break the record, set by 1967 UCLA (23.75).
8. Oklahoma creamed Villanova when they played in Hawaii earlier this season. According to KenPom, this is the largest rematch differential.
67 pt rematch difference is largest of this millennium according to my records.
— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) April 3, 2016