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2016 NCAA Tournament National Championship Game Preview and Open Thread

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Villanova takes on North Carolina with tip scheduled for 8:19 Jayhawk Time.

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Was the national championship played in Louisville back on March 26, or is it really tonight?  No one knows for sure, but the Illuminati have apparently decreed that it is actually tonight.  (Don't trust them.)

Who will you be rooting for?

Why you should root for Villanova

Let's face it, 'Nova is hot.  Hotter than hot.  They've won their five NCAA Tournament games by an average of 26 points, and that number includes a five-point win over our beloved Jayhawks.  They are destroying teams in the NCAA Tournament primarily due to defense - no one has put up 70 on them yet in this tournament, and only two teams (Iowa, Miami) broke 60.  In fact, Villanova has only given up 70+ on nine occasions all year.  However, their record in those games?  A pedestrian 5-4.

Maybe you root for Villanova because they beat Kansas.  That makes sense.  Or, maybe you root for Villanova because you don't want to see Roy get his third title in Chapel Hill after failing to win any in Lawrence.  That also makes sense.

Why you should root for Carolina

Carolina has also been impressive this tournament, beating their opponents by an average of 16 points per game, with the closest game a 14-point win over Notre Dame in the Elite 8.  However, the Heels managed to avoid the 2, 3, and 4-seeds in their bracket on their journey to Houston.  They also got the good fortune of facing double-digit seeded Syracuse in the Final Four.  UNC has not lost a game by more than six points all year long.

Maybe you should root for Carolina because Villanova really made you mad and you just can't forgive them.  Understandable.  Or, maybe you should root for Carolina because gosh darn it, you still kinda like Roy, and it sure would be nice to see him get another title.  Dadgummit, what a good ole boy that Roy is.  I can see that, too.

The Numbers

#2 Villanova: 34-5, 16-2

#1 North Carolina: 33-6, 14-4

When and Where

April 4, 2016, 8:19 CDT (approx)

Houston, TX: NRG Stadium (76,300)

How to Watch

The games are on TBS, but if you don't have cable, you can still watch on your phone or tablet for free with the NCAA March Madness App or online at www.ncaa.com/march-madness.