NCAA National Championship 2018: Villanova vs Michigan Live stream

It’s been one of the most thrilling NCAA Tournaments in recent memory, and we should be treated to one heck of a finale. Villanova and Michigan will meet in a battle of arguably the two best teams in the entire field on Monday, but only one will emerge as the national champion.

Villanova has looked unstoppable at times, but Michigan’s suffocating defense has been able to keep pretty much every opponent under wraps. It will also be a battle of two incredible coaching minds — Michigan’s John Beilein and Villanova’s Jay Wright — so we might have a dandy of a finish on the way.

There’s plenty of intrigue, so here’s how you can watch the games streaming from your mobile device, laptop, or tablet.

NCAA National Championship 2018 Live

  • What: No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 3 Michigan
  • Time: 9:20 p.m. ET
  • TV: TBS
  • Stream: March Madness Live
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2018: Schedule, dates, times, TV channels

The 2018 Final Four for the NCAA Tournament will continue on Monday, April 2, with the National Championship Game. Get the schedule, dates, times and TV channels below.

Villanova meets Michigan for the national title on Monday night.

The 2018 Final Four started this past Saturday, March 31, in the national semifinals. The 2018 National Championship Game is being played Monday, April 2.

Dates: Saturday, March 31 for the semifinals and Monday, April 2 for the national championship game

Location: The Alamodome in San Antonio


Monday, April 2 (at San Antonio)

9:20 p.m. ET | No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 3 Michigan | TBS

The 2018 Final Four is on TBS. Both national semifinal games and the national championship game will be televised by TBS.

NCAA Tournament 2018: Scores, results

FIRST FOUR (in Dayton, Ohio)

Tuesday, March 13

FINAL: No. 16 Radford 71, No. 16 LIU Brooklyn 61

FINAL: No. 11 St. Bonaventure 65, No. 11 UCLA 58

Wednesday, March 14

FINAL: No. 16 Texas Southern 64, No. 16 NC Central 46

FINAL: No. 11 Syracuse 60, No. 11 Arizona State 56


Thursday, March 15

FINAL: No. 7 Rhode Island 83, No. 10 Oklahoma 78 (OT)

FINAL: No. 3 Tennessee 73, No. 14 Wright State 47

FINAL: No. 4 Gonzaga 68, No. 13 UNC Greensboro 64

FINAL: No. 1 Kansas 76, No. 16 Penn 60

FINAL: No. 2 Duke 89, No. 15 Iona 67

FINAL: No. 11 Loyola (Chicago) 64, No. 6 Miami (Fla.) 62

FINAL: No. 5 Ohio State 81, No. 12 South Dakota 73

FINAL: No. 8 Seton Hall 94, No. 9 N.C. State 83

FINAL: No. 1 Villanova 87, No. 16 Radford 61

FINAL: No. 5 Kentucky 78, No. 12 Davidson 73

FINAL: No. 3 Texas Tech 70, No. 14 Stephen F. Austin 60

FINAL: No. 6 Houston 67, No. 11 San Diego State 65

FINAL: No. 9 Alabama 86, No. 8 Virginia Tech 83

FINAL: No. 13 Buffalo 89, No. 4 Arizona 68

FINAL: No. 6 Florida 77, No. 11 St. Bonaventure 62

FINAL: No. 3 Michigan 61, No. 14 Montana 47

Friday, March 16

FINAL: No. 7 Texas A&M 73, No. 10 Providence 69

FINAL: No. 2 Purdue 74, No. 15 CS Fullerton 48

FINAL: No. 13 Marshall 81, No. 4 Wichita State 75

FINAL: No. 2 Cincinnati 68, No. 15 Georgia State 53

FINAL: No. 2 North Carolina 84, No. 15 Lipscomb 66

FINAL: No. 10 Butler 79, No. 7 Arkansas 62

FINAL: No. 5 West Virginia 85, No. 12 Murray State 68

FINAL: No. 7 Nevada 87, No. 10 Texas 83 (OT)

FINAL: No. 9 Kansas State 69, No. 8 Creighton 59

FINAL: No. 3 Michigan State 82, No. 14 Bucknell 78

FINAL: No. 4 Auburn 62, No. 13 College of Charleston 58

FINAL: No. 1 Xavier 102, No. 16 Texas Southern 83

FINAL: No. 16 UMBC 74, No. 1 Virginia 54

FINAL: No. 11 Syracuse 57, No. 6 TCU 52

FINAL: No. 5 Clemson 79, No. 12 New Mexico State 68

FINAL: No. 9 Florida State 67, No. 8 Missouri 54


Saturday, March 17

FINAL: No. 1 Villanova 81, No. 9 Alabama 58

FINAL: No. 2 Duke 87, No. 7 Rhode Island 62

FINAL: No. 5 Kentucky 95, No. 13 Buffalo 75

FINAL:  No. 11 Loyola (Chicago) 63, No. 3 Tennessee 62

FINAL: No. 1 Kansas 83, No. 8 Seton Hall 79

FINAL: No. 4 Gonzaga 90, No. 5 Ohio State 84

FINAL: No. 3 Texas Tech 69, No. 6 Florida 66

FINAL: No. 3 Michigan 64, No. 6 Houston 63

Sunday, March 18

FINAL: No. 2 Purdue 76, No. 10 Butler 73

FINAL: Syracuse 55, Michigan State 53

FINAL: Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65

FINAL: Nevada 75, Cincinnati 73

FINAL: Clemson 84, Auburn 53

FINAL: Kansas State 50, UMBC 43

FINAL: Florida State 75, Xavier 70

FINAL: West Virginia 94, Marshall 71


Thursday, March 22

FINAL: No. 11 Loyola (Chicago) 69, No. 7 Nevada 68

FINAL: No. 3 Michigan 99, No. 7 Texas A&M 72

FINAL: No. 5 Kansas State 61, No. 5 Kentucky 58

FINAL: No. 9 Florida State 75, No. 4 Gonzaga 60

Friday, March 23

FINAL: No. 1 Kansas 80, No. 5 Clemson 76

FINAL: No. 1 Villanova 90, No. 5 West Virginia 78

FINAL: No. 2 Duke 69, No. 11 Syracuse 65

FINAL: No. 3 Texas Tech 78, No. 2 Purdue 65


Saturday, March 24

FINAL: No. 11 Loyola (Chicago) 78, No. 9 Kansas State 62

FINAL: No. 3 Michigan 58, No. 9 Florida State 54

Sunday, March 25

FINAL: No. 1 Villanova 71, No. 3 Texas Tech 59

FINAL: No. 1 Kansas 85, No. 2 Duke 81 (OT)


Saturday, March 31 (in San Antonio)

FINAL: No. 3 Michigan 69, No. 11 Loyola (Chicago) 57

FINAL: No. 1 Villanova 95, No. 1 Kansas 79

NCAA National Championship 2018: 11 things to for watch Monday Michigan vs Villanova game

The NCAA tournament is a two-team duel now, and here are 11 things that might — or might not — happen Monday night in the Alamodome.

1. Villanova’s Jay Wright, say hello to the 13 coaches who have won multiple national championships. “You can’t say it’s a dream come true because you don’t even dream about it,” he said Saturday night, after the Wildcats crunched Kansas 95-79. “You don’t dream about getting two out of three years. You don’t think about it. I don’t.”

2. At the end of the day, after all the disarray of this NCAA tournament, a No. 1 seed is finishing one of the most dominant runs in memory. Villanova has won all five games by double digits, by an average margin of 17.8. The last champion to win all six by double figures was North Carolina in 2009. The throttling of Kansas, that included 13 3-pointers in the first half at one end and suffocating defense at the other, could not have been more impressive.

“They were unbelievable,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said from the wrong end of that score. “If I ever watch the game tape — which I know what happened, so I probably won’t — I’ll think more about how good Villanova was.”

And from the right end: “Just one of those nights,” Wright said. “We made every shot to start the game.”

3.) An ugly championship game. For Michigan’s sake, the uglier the better. Because if it’s an offensive show . . .

“That’s not what we hang our hat on, or shot-making ability,” the Wolverines’ Duncan Robinson was saying. “We hang our hats on the defensive end.”

Michigan has allowed one opponent to break 70 in regulation in seven weeks. That stat is about to get a stern challenge.

4.) The team record for 3-pointers in a national championship game is 12. Does anyone expect Villanova – after 13 in the first 17 minutes Saturday night – not to shatter it?

5.) Only the fifth meeting between these two schools in history. One was a 59-55 Villanova win in the second round in 1985, part of the Wildcats’ ride to the title. They’re not the No. 8 seed this time.

6.) Michigan becoming the 16th school with multiple championships, while ending the Big Ten’s 17-year title drought and becoming only the third No. 3 seed to win the title in 29 years. “It’s something we always talk about,” Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman said. “That’s how you’re remembered at the University of Michigan, it’s by championships.”

7.) Jalen Brunson adding the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four to national player of the year – a rare double, indeed. Not that he’s thinking much about it. “You cherish a championship and these bonds for a long time,” he said. “Those awards only last for so long.” Then again, he won’t win the MOP if teammate Eric Paschall goes 10-for-11 shooting and 4-for-5 in 3-pointers again.

8.) Moe Wagner, Michigan hero for the ages if he can pull this off.

9.) Villanova losing the edge after Saturday’s virtuoso performance.

10.) Or not. Doesn’t sound like they plan on it.

Not from Donte DiVincenzo: “When we came in (the locker room), we knew we were in the national championship game. You have to take that in for a second, you have to recognize it, and then you have to move forward.”

Nor Brunson: “We’ll try to be the best team we can be on Monday night. That’s all we’ve worked for, to be the best team we can be by the end of the year.”

Nor Omari Spellman: “Just coming out, ready to compete and defend and rebound and continue to do what we do. We don’t pride ourselves on shooting the ball well. We pride ourselves on defending and rebounding, and that’s our true measure of success in playing Villanova basketball.

“We will celebrate when the job is done.”

11.) And finally, Michigan a big enough underdog in some eyes to almost be Loyola — without the nun.

“We know they’re a great team, because they’ve gotten to this point,” DiVincenzo said.

“We’re still hungry. We feel like we can be national champions,” Abdur-Rahkman said.

That was right after Michigan’s victory, before he knew who the Wolverines would be playing. A few minutes later, Villanova led Kansas 22-4.

Villanova to meet Michigan in NCAA national championship 2018 game

It’s Final Four Saturday. San Antonio’s Alamodome is home to the semi-final round of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. The last four teams standing were No. 3 seed Michigan, No. 11 Loyola-Chicago, No. 1 Villanova and No. 3 Kansas. They will compete in the semi-finals for a chance to become this year’s national champion.

Michigan (32-7) defeated Loyola-Chicago (32-5) in the first game of the evening. The Wolverines were a -5.5 favorite and covered the spread, defeating the Ramblers by a score of 69-57.

And Villanova (34-3) defeated Kansas (31-7) with a final score of 95-79. Ahead of the game, the Wildcats were a five-point favorite to advance to the final.

Villanova defeats Kansas

Villanova wins 95-79 and will play in their second National Championship game in the past three years.

After their 11-point run in the first half, the Wildcats never looked back. They led by 15 at the half and kept a double-digit lead through the entire second half.

Eric Paschall led Nova with 24 points. Devonte’ Graham had 23 for Kansas.

Along the way they set a record. Their 18 3-pointers are now the most number of field goals outside the arc in a Final Four game.

The NCAA National Championship game is now set. Villanova will face No. 3 Michigan Monday night at 9:30 p.m. ET.


  • Villanova hits their first mid-range shot

    13:12: Villanova hits their first mid-range shot tonight. They have yet to attempt a mid-range shot or a free throw, but have hit 17 from outside the arc or 50% of the 34 they’ve attempted.

    11:58: Commercial time out. Villanova has a 20-point lead over Kansas, 67-47.

  • Second half is underway

    Villanova started the second half empty. As Kansas turned down the court, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was fouled and made both his free throws.

    Taking the ball down the court, Phil Booth’s shot is blocked, but Eric Paschall got the rebound and sank his fourth jump shot from 3-point range. Villanova is up 50-34 over Kansas.

Villanova leads Kansas at half

At the half, Villanova leads by 15. The 47 points the Wildcats have scored is the most Kansas has allowed in the tournament so far. Villanova is 13/26 from 3-point range.

Jalen Brunson leads the Wildcats with 13, while Devonte’ Graham leads the Jayhawks with 10.

The story of this game has been Villanova’s shooting from outside the arc. Villanova is 17-for-33, Kansas 13-for-30. The difference, thus far, is Villanova’s 13 three-pointers. All but seven of their shots have been from behind the three-point line.

The Wildcats’ 13 3-point field goals ties a Final Four record for most 3-point shots made.

Another record for Villanova

Villanova has held a 3-point shooting clinic Saturday evening. The Wildcats are 15-of-27 on field goals tonight. Thirteen of those are 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, Kansas is 11 for 24, shooting 2-of-4 from downtown.

​Kansas goes on a 7-point run

The Jayhawks have scored seven unanswered points, cutting Villanova’s lead in halt. Coming off the bench, Silvio De Sousa scored five in the past two minutes of play. Villanova is up 28-15.



Nova breaks NCAA 3-point record

The Wildcats broke the NCAA men’s basketball single season record for made 3-pointers Saturday — and there’s still 12:46 to go in the first half. The teamhit 443 3-pointers this year.

They lead the Jayhawks 22-4.

​Villanova is on fire

Villanova came out the gates hot and immediately went on an 11-o run. The Wildcats lead the Kansas Jayhawks 16-4.

Freshman forward Omari Spellman leads the team with six.

Next up: Kansas vs. Villanova

Kansas and Villanova are warming up ahead of tip-off. The winner will meet Michigan in the national championship. The game is scheduled for Monday night at 9:20 p.m. ET on TBS.

This is Villanova’s second Final Four appearance in the last three years. Kansas is returning to the city and arena where it won its last NCAA title in 2008, CBS Sports writes.

Michigan defeats Loyola-Chicago

On the shoulders of junior Moritz Wagner, the Michigan Wolverines have defeated the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers 69-57.

Michigan went on a 38-16 run to close the game. Wagner lead Michigan with 24 points and Charles Matthews had 17.

The Wolverines will play for its first NCAA national championship since 1989 on Monday.

For Loyola-Chicago: Cameron Krutwig led the Ramblers with 17 points. Custer finished with 15 on the night and a career-high 14 rebounds.

​Loyola-Chicago looks for a prayer

Down eight points with only a minute left, the Ramblers have begun fouling Michigan to conserve time on the clock. Michigan leads 68-57.

​Michigan leads by 10

The Wolverines are up 61-51 against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. Michigan junior Moritz Wagner leads the team with 24 points with 2 minutes to go.

Marcus Towns leaves, returns to game after quad injury

Marcus Towns leaves, returns to game after quad injury

Marcus Townes momentarily left the game after dealing with cramping in his left thigh. He’s now back in the game with 6:02 to go. Michigan leads 51-47.

​Michigan closes the gap

The Wolverines have cut the 10 point deficit to a 3-point lead. Loyola-Chicago leads 47-44 with 7 minutes to play. Michigan fifth-year senior Duncan Robinson hit two big 3-pointers in the second half. He currently has six points. His team is 28-0 when he scores six points or more.

Loyola-Chicago leads by 10

For the second time tonight, Loyola went up by 10 points over Michigan. The Ramblers lead the Wolverines 41-31.

Clayton Custer now has 9 points for the Ramblers. They’ve answered back every time Michigan has scored.

Ramblers lead Wolverines at halftime

The Ramblers are leading the Wolverines 29-22 at halftime. Cameron Krutwig and Marques Townes lead Loyola-Chicago with 8 points each. Meanwhile, Moritz Wagner has 11 and Charles Matthews has 8 points for Michigan.

Loyola-Chicago is 24-0 when leading at halftime this year, according to ESPN Stats & Info

Ramblers take the lead back

Loyola tied it up with 6:47 left in the first half.

After some back-and-forth, Loyola went to the line and took two more. Towns added another bucket from inside the paint, securing a 9-point run for Loyola.

Half-way through the first half, Michigan up by one

After starting quick, Loyola was having trouble finding a bucket. Michigan went on a 9-point run. During that time, Loyola was 2-for-9. They could find the rim, but couldn’t get many to go down.

Then both teams just went over seven minutes without a basket on either side. Michigan has been suffocating Loyola, but the Ramblers are starting to find their way back into the game.

​Ramblers struggle to find their shot

Loyola-Chicago has struggled to find their shot early in Saturday’s game. They’ve missed their last six shots. After a 9-0 run, Michigan leads 12-4 with 12:30 to go in the first half.


Michigan vs. Loyola-Chicago starting lineups

Michigan is the home team in tonight’s game. Here’s the starting five:

Zavier Simpson
Charles Matthews
Moe Wagner
Isiah Livers
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman

The starter’s for Loyola-Chicago are below:

Marques Townes
Ben Richardson
Clayton Custer
Donte Ingram
Cameron Krutwig




Michigan® silences Loyola-Chicago to make National Championship™ game

Michigan returns to the national championship game for the first time since 2013, with a 69-57 win against Loyola in a national semifinal of the 2018 Final Four on Saturday, March 31. Find the score, live updates and stats for the Final Four game.

Michigan advances to the National Championship Game on Monday, April 2, to play either Villanova or Kansas.

2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Loyola score, live updates

FINAL: Michigan 69, Loyola 57. Moritz Wagner scored 24 points and Charles Matthews added 17 in the win against Loyola.

Second half

Michigan 68, Loyola 57 (0:27.9, 2H): Michigan is securing its ticket to the national championship game by hitting late free throws against the Ramblers.

Michigan 59, Loyola 51 (3:27, 2H): Michigan is now running away with the game, after a 3-pointer by Wagner.

Michigan 51, Loyola 47 (5:48, 2H): A quick swing has given the lead back to Michigan. Wagner hit a huge 3-pointer with 6:59 left in the game to tie the game at 47-47, followed by Poole’s free throws and Charles Matthews’ layup — a seven-point swing for the Wolverines.

Loyola 47, Michigan 44 (7:31, 2H): Michigan continues to chip away at Loyola’s lead, after Jordan Poole’s layup, but Loyola lost Townes to a left leg injury (cramping, per CBS) with 7:31 left in the second half. Townes had eight points and seven rebounds for the Ramblers

Loyola 45, Michigan 42 (10:06, 2H): And there’s Duncan Robinson. Robinson hits his second 3-pointer to cut Loyola’s lead to 3 midway through the second half. It’s only Michigan’s fourth 3-pointer, but it could be a big one. The Wolverines need to take advantage of their outside shooting.

Loyola 43, Michigan 37 (11:42, 2H): Jaaron Simmons hits his first 3-pointer to cut Loyola’s lead to 6. The Wolverines are 6 for 12 from the floor in the second half, but Loyola has made four of its last five shots.

Loyola 41, Michigan 31 (14:00, 2H): Charles Matthews cut Michigan’s lead to 5, but the Ramblers answered with their first 3-pointer of the night, from Clayton Custer. Loyola is 1 for 5 on 3-pointers.

Loyola 32, Michigan 24 (18:47, 2H): Krutwig opens the second half with a three point play to open Loyola’s lead to 10 points, but Michigan answers with a quick basket.

Duncan Robinson was on the floor as Michigan opened the second half. The Wolverines need a spark from behind the perimeter; they went 0 for 3 on 3-point shooting in the first half.

HALFTIME: Loyola 29, Michigan 22: Krutwig hit a turnaround jumper with less than 40 seconds left in the half, and after Wagner missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 17.8 seconds left, Donte Ingram’s jumper just before the buzzer opened Loyola’s lead to seven points.

Wagner has a double-double for Michigan: 11 points and 11 rebounds. Krutwig, Townes and Aundre Jackson each have eight points for the Ramblers, who are 10 for 24 from the floor.

Michigan is 9 for 31 from the floor — Wagner and Charles Matthews are a combined 8-for-16 on shooting.

First half

Loyola 21, Michigan 19 (3:40, 1H): This game is defense first. The Ramblers are 7 for 18 from the floor, while Michigan is 8 for 27. Furthermore, a 9-0 run has helped lift Loyola to its first lead.

Loyola 17, Michigan 15 (5:53, 1H): Loyola ties the game on Cameron Krutwig’s layup, then takes the lead with 5:56 left in the first half of Krutwig’s two free throws.

Michigan 12, Loyola 10 (9:19, 1H): Marques Townes hits a jumper as the shot clock expires to cut Michigan’s lead to 2 points. Still, Michigan’s size is making things difficult for Loyola, particularly the play of 7-foot-1 Teske and the 6-foot-11 Wagner. The Ramblers are 3 for 5 in the paint — a low number, and evidence they’re having trouble creating chances inside.

Michigan 12, Loyola 4 (12:38, 1H): Jon Teske hits a layup to stretch Michigan’s lead to 8. Michigan keeps making stops, and keeps getting baskets. Loyola is 2 for 11 from the floor, and Michigan is capitalizing off transition. Michigan also has 13 rebounds so far, including four by Wagner.

Michigan 6, Loyola 4 (15:55 1H): The Wolverines hit a pair of early 3-pointers from Moritz Wagner and Charles Matthews to take the lead against the Ramblers. Michigan’s defense is strong, early, and not allowing Loyola to create a presence under the net.

Pregame: Ann Arbor is buzzing for Michigan’s first Final Four game since 2013. In San Antonio, the Wolverines are on the court at the Alamodome, ready to tip off against Loyola.

2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Loyola time, game information

Michigan and Loyola-Chicago play at 6:09 p.m. ET on Saturday March 31, 2018.

  • Time: 6:09 p.m. ET.
  • Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Location: Alamodome, San Antonio
  • TV channel: TBS, which can be found here.

2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Loyola TV channel

The 2018 NCAA Tournament game between Michigan and Loyola-Chicago is on TBS.

2018 NCAA Tournament: Michigan-Loyola how to watch online

You can watch the Michigan-Loyola-Chicago game online with’s March Madness Live.

How can I listen to the Michigan-Loyola-Chicago game on the radio?

The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game also can be heard on Sirius 84, XM 84 and Internet 84.

Michigan-Loyola-Chicago basketball preview

Michigan faces Loyola-Chicago in the first of two national semifinal games Saturday night in San Antonio. It’s the Wolverines’ first appearance in the Final Four since 2013. It’s also the first meeting between the Wolverines and the Ramblers in nearly 40 years.

Michigan (32-7) enters the Final Four on a 13-game winning streak, which dates back to Feb. 11. The Wolverines swept their four Big Ten Tournament games en route to their second consecutive tournament championship. They have handled every sort of situation during their NCAA Tournament run, from Jordan Poole’s game-winning 3-pointer in the final second of a 64-63 win against Houston on March 17, to a 99-72 blowout of Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen on March 22.

Charles Matthews led the Wolverines with 17 points in a 58-54 win against Florida State in the Elite Eight on Saturday in Los Angeles. Matthews, a junior guard, has averaged 16.5 points in the Wolverines’ four NCAA Tournament games.

Loyola (32-5) comes out of the South Region as the No. 11 seed. Ben Richardson led the Ramblers with 23 points in a 78-62 win Sunday against Kansas State.

Clayton Custer leads the Ramblers with 13.2 points per game. Donte Ingram averages 6.3 rebounds per game, while Cameron Krutwig averages 6.1 rebounds per game.

The Ramblers are the fourth No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four, joining LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011).

Loyola enters the Final Four as the winner of 14 consecutive games — the nation’s longest current winning streak. The Ramblers beat Miami, Tennessee and Kansas State to earn their first trip to the Final Four since 1963. Loyola also looks for its first national championship since 1963, when it beat Cincinnati.

The Wolverines defeated Loyola 84-80 in the second round of the 1964 NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis. Michigan lost to Duke in a national championship semifinal in 1964, the Wolverines’ first appearance in the Final Four. This is the fourth meeting between Michigan and Loyola and the first since 1969, when the Ramblers defeated the Wolverines 112-100 in Chicago.

NCAA Final Four 2018 Results: Opening®National Championship

Michigan and Villanova are the two remaining teams in the 2018 NCAA Tournament after they each won their respective Final Four game on Saturday night. The third-seeded Wolverines are now the hottest team in the country after ending No. 11 Loyola-Chicago’s miraculous run through the bracket, having won 14 straight games dating back to early February. They’ll match up with the top-seeded Wildcats, who just finished making fellow No. 1 Kansas look as pedestrian as the other four opponents they had previously dismantled across the opening two weeks of March Madness.

It’s an intriguing national championship game matchup, but one that may not be a close one if the odds are any indication. Villanova opened between a 6.5- and 7-point favorite, depending on the shop, which is the largest spread on a title contest since Duke was favored by seven against Butler back in 2010. The bookmakers were wrong on that one, however, as Gordon Hayward memorably had a chance to win an improbable championship for the Bulldogs with a half-court heave that was just off the mark. The Wildcats haven’t had any trouble covering the spread so far during the Big Dance, going 5-0 for backers and winning their five contests by an average margin of nearly 18 points. Michigan hasn’t been as dominant during its NCAA Tournament run, but started off the Final Four with a statement victory over the Ramblers, winning by 12 points to easily cover the five-point spread.

Chris Fallica noted that 6.5-point favorites haven’t done that well against the spread in the title game and only marginally better straight up:

Both the Wolverines and Wildcats have been amongst the most profitable teams to bet on during the 2017-18 season. Despite seeing regularly inflated lines, ‘Nova has gone 27-12 against the spread. The program has been favored in all 39 of its matchups so far and has lived up to expectations as the odds-on favorite (5-1 at the start of March Madness) to cut down the nets in San Antonio. Michigan has performed similarly against the spread, compiling a 25-12-2 record this season. The school has covered in eight of its last 10 outings and was a great bet to win it all at 10-1 back on Selection Sunday.

With only one game left to determine a national championship, hoops handicapper Jon Price is back with his final March Madness bracket prediction. The Vegas pro has been imploring readers all month long to take Villanova to win its second title in three years and still feels that the Wildcats aren’t going to lose, but may not like them as much laying seven points. Before getting to his quick pick—an in-depth betting preview of Monday’s game will be coming soon—take a look at the scores from Saturday’s Final Four games, then check out the complete schedule, start time, TV and live streaming info so you can watch online, opening odds and more for the 2018 NCAA Tournament National Championship Game. Then read on for a quick recap of all the Final Four results, highlights and much more.

2018 Final Four Results

Final Four Matchup            Odds Results
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago UM -5.5 UM 69 – LCHI 57
No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 1 Kansas NOVA -5 NOVA 95 – KU 79

2018 NCAA Tournament Championship Game Viewing Info, Odds And Pick

Date Time Matchup (TV) Odds O/U Pick
Monday, April 2 9:20 p.m. No. 3 Michigan vs. TBD (NOVA/KU) NOVA -7 145 NOVA

Final Four 2018: Michigan vs LoyolaChicago Live Stream, start time, date, picks

Third-seed Michigan takes on 11-seed Loyola-Chicago in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Final Four on Saturday at 6:09 p.m. ET. Michigan opened as a three-point favorite, but the line quickly moved to 5.5. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 129.5, up one from the opening line.

Before picking a side in this huge March Madness 2018 game, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying. The advanced computer model enters the Final Four on an astonishing 8-1 run on 2018 NCAA Tournament picks.

It’s also been crushing its selections on Michigan, going 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament on point-spread picks in games involving the Wolverines. Anybody following the model is way, way up.

Now the computer has simulated Loyola-Chicago vs. Michigan 10,000 times and come up with some surprising results.

We can tell you it’s calling for 119 points to be scored, clearing the under with 10.5 to spare. And it also has a strong pick for one side of the spread, saying it hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can get that pick only over at SportsLine.

The model has taken into account Loyola’s stunning run through the NCAA Tournament that has the Ramblers (32-5) in the Final Four for the first time since 1963, becoming just the fourth 11-seed ever to make it this far.

They survived three nail-biting matchups to open the tournament before putting together a dominant 78-62 win over Kansas State in the Elite Eight. Loyola’s defense hasn’t given up more than 68 points in any NCAA Tournament game and now has the look of a legitimate title contender, flanked by chaplain Sister Jean.

But standing in the way of this Cinderella story is Michigan — a team that has also experienced plenty of madness this March.

The Wolverines (32-7) needed a clutch buzzer-beater to survive Houston in the second round. They then rolled through Texas A&M in the Sweet 16, but had to hold off a late charge from Florida State in the Elite Eight to advance to San Antonio.

They also rely on a tough defense that gives up an average of just 63.1 points and held FSU to 54. Offensively, 6-foot-11 forward Moritz Wagner is the player to watch; he’s averaged 15 points over the last three contests.

Both squads have been money against the spread this season, with Michigan going 22-13 and Loyola posting a 24-9 mark.

Final Four 2018: Villanova vs Kansas Live Stream, start time, date

It took a career-high 32 points from Malik Newman along with an overtime period, but the Midwest Region’s No. 1 seed, Kansas, is advancing to the Final Four where it will meet Villanova, the No. 1 seed that emerged from the East Region.

While the Jayhawks have been battling — their last three games were decided by four points — Villanova has been snoozing. The Wildcats have yet to win by fewer than 12 points in the NCAA Tournament, and have now gone more than a month since last taking a tally in the loss column.

That really tells the story of these teams and their trajectory all season: Villanova has been absolutely dominant for significant stretches this season. Kansas, on the other hand, lost three times at home this season. That’s as many as KU has lost at Allen Fieldhouse since the 1998 season. And yet, KU won the league outright by flashing its resiliency on the road.

Now we’ll soon learn if that same resiliency that got Kansas to the Final Four will be enough to give Bill Self his second title, or if Jay Wright and Villanova can win its second in three seasons.

Viewing Information

  • Location: Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
  • When: Saturday, March 31 at 8:49 p.m. ET
  • TV: TBS
  • Stream: March Madness Live
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

NCAA™ Final Four 2018: Kansas vs Villanova matchup, pick ® predictions

In the glorious history of the NCAA Tournament as conceived by Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt – with the 64-team bracket that turned this event into a phenomenon – there have been 68 semifinal games played at the Final Four.

Kansas vs. Villanova will be only the 12th in all that time to be contested by two No. 1 seeds.

So what we’ll get when the Jayhawks and Wildcats take the floor at the Alamodome is a rare treat: a game between two teams that have excelled throughout the season. Each had its momentary lapses, and each has surged through March with three consecutive conference tournament victories, and four more in the tournament that matters most.

Final Four matchup:

Kansas vs Villanova

How to watch

The Final Four matchup between Kansas and Villanova will tip at 8:49 p.m. ET. It will air on TBS and can be live-streamed on NCAA(dot)com or the March Madness Live app.

No. 1 Kansas

Coach: Bill Self, 3 Final Fours, 1 NCAA championship
Overall record: 31-7
Scoring leader: Devonte’ Graham, 17.2 ppg
Rebounding leader: Udoka Azubuike, 7.1 rpg
Assists leader: Devonte’ Graham, 7.3 apg
Famous non-athlete alum: Actor Don Johnson

No. 1 Villanova

Coach: Jay Wright, 3 Final Fours, 1 NCAA championship
Overall record: 34-4
Scoring leader: Jalen Brunson, 19.2, ppg
Rebounding leader: Omari Spellman, 7.8 rpg
Assists leader: Jalen Brunson, 4.6 apg
Famous non-athlete alum: Playwright David Rabe

Best individual matchup: Kansas C Udoka Azubuike vs. Villanova C Omari Spellman

It’d be so easy and so obvious to say the battle between All-American point guard Devonte’ Graham of Kansas and Sporting news Player of the Year Jalen Brunson is the one to watch. There is plenty of glamor there. But the game is more likely to be decided by how these two very different big men contend with one another. Azubuike may be the strongest player in Division I basketball, so overpowering that 118 of his 207 baskets this season were dunks. Those fuel a shooting percentage of .772 – 87 percentage points better than the No. 2 player in field goal accuracy. Spellman is a .446 3-point shooter with 62 makes on the season.

When Spellman encountered foul trouble early in Villanova’s second-round game against Alabama, it revealed how dangerously thin the Wildcats are at that position. Spellman has no choice but to be careful in defending the inside. The good news about guarding Azubuike is that if you let him catch it in his preferred space, he’s so overwhelming you might as well get out of the way and allow him to rip off the rim.
Kansas must decide how to contend with Spellman’s ability on the perimeter, and his ability to advance the basketball when given enough space. The Jayhawks believe Azubuike moves his feet well enough to cope with the challenge; he does well in ball screen defense. Few of KU’s Big 12 opponents featured a big man so adept away from the goal. Now, there’s a chance the Jayhawks could get two in three days, were they to win and face Michigan in the final.

Critical coaching decision

Villanova seems likely to be putting Azubuike into pick-and-rolls all evening. KU will have to decide how it wants to defend those situations. It seems unlikely KU would risk foul trouble by trapping. Would KU be bold enough to have him hang back and dare the Wildcats to shoot from deep? Hedge hard and risk foul trouble? Azubuike is the most important player on the floor because there’s no one else like him. KU can sub him out now with Silvio De Sousa, and he’s been terrific all month, but he’s so inexperienced the Jayhawks must be careful with how much work they ask him to .

Most eye-popping stat: 7

If Villanova converts seven 3-pointers at the Final Four – whether in the semifinal against Kansas or, if they’re fortunate, the semi and championship game – the Wildcats will set a new NCAA Division I record for 3-pointers made in a season. The old record was established in 2006-07 by VMI, which played an all-out, uptempo style and hit 442-of-1383 from long distance. That represented 38 percent of the baskets made by the Keydets. Villanova gets just about as much of its offense from long distance.

Get to know: Villanova redshirt junior guard Phil Booth

You should know him well already, because he ws the surprise hero of the 2016 NCAA championship game. When Villanova chose to abandon its customary offensive approach in the final against North Carolina and rely on isolations, it was Booth who best was able to exploit his matchup and wound up with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. You have an excuse if you’ve forgotten, though, because Booth missed nearly all of the 2016-17 season with an injury, and he has been a quite role player for most of this season and all of this tournament. He also missed seven games at midseason with a broken hand. He still can deliver a scoring outburst when necessary and available; he scored 20 points in a big win over Gonzaga and 21 in the first of two victories over Xavier. But otherwise he functions as a connector and does his job beautifully.

The pick: Villanova

This has been the best team in college basketball from the start of the year, and though Kansas has closed the gap this ought to be another step forward for the Wildcats. Were this game played at the end of February rather than now, they would be an overwhelming choice to win. Kansas is a different team because of shooting guard Malik Newman’s surge. He is averaging 22.7 points in March tournament games, and that has made KU a different team to defend. There isn’t as much pressure on Graham to manufacture opportunities for himself. He can spend a lot of his time running the show. Villanova’s advantage isn’t huge, but its ability to keep the Jayhawks spread on defense should provide driving and shooting opportunities that give the Wildcats the advantage.

Loyola Chicago’s NCAA Final Four 2018 run: how an underdog restored a city’s basketball™ glory

There was a time when Chicago was synonymous with basketball excellence, a major point of civic pride. Michael Jordan and the Bulls of the 1990s ruled the city and inspired a generation of devout fans. As one of them myself, I loved every minute of the Bulls’ glory years, and spent countless hours in my driveway pretending to be Scottie Pippen tasked with hitting a last-second shot or Dennis Rodman snagging a tough rebound. Basketball gave me a sort of joy that I hadn’t known before, and it was all thanks to the Bulls’ dominance.

It felt like the winning would never stop, but one day it just … did. After clinching the team’s sixth championship in eight seasons, Jordan called it quits for the second time in 1999, abruptly ending the team’s dynasty and ushering in a new dark age for basketball fans across the city. We’d had no idea just how great we had it, and even less of an understanding of how bad it was about to get.

The following season, the team finished dead last in the Central Division, as they did for three more years. It wasn’t until the 2004-05 season that the Bulls returned to the playoffs, and even then, they were knocked out fairly easily in the first round. They reached the Eastern Conference finals during the 2010-11 season, inspiring hope of a new dynasty, only to be blown out by LeBron James’ Miami Heat in five games. Then Derrick Rose, a homegrown prodigy who emerged from Chicago’s South Side to become the youngest NBA Most Valuable Player in history, wrecked his knee the following season and was never the same, returning the city to a default state of post-Jordan malaise.

The truth is, simply, that there hasn’t been much basketball in Chicago worth getting excited about in nearly two decades. That extended to the college game: None of the four Division I schools within city limits – Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University, Chicago State and the University of Illinois at Chicago – had even reached the tournament in 14 years until the Ramblers made the field as an No11 seed earlier this month.

But that’s all changed dramatically over the past fortnight as the Catholic school on the city’s North Side has made an improbable run to the Final Four of this year’s NCAA tournament. Loyola last made the national semi-finals in 1963, winning the title when the tournament was a silhouette of the billion-dollar cultural event it’s since become. But it had been 33 years since they’d even earned an invite to Big Dance.

For Chicago fans, Loyola’s Cinderella run is a welcome chance to step out of the cold shadow of Jordan’s statue outside the United Center and once again feel what it means to be excited about local hoops. Looking around, you can’t miss it. The city is draped in the school’s maroon and gold colors, local bars are holding viewing parties, and campus bookstores are packed with fans ready to jump on the Loyola bandwagon. Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the team’s 98-year-old chaplain, has found herself elevated to national celebrity and treated as a sort of nonagenarian rock star. There’s a feeling of electricity buzzing through the city, a sense of early-spring joy, making it a positively delightful time to be a fan. To be sure, there’s a lot of pressure on the young Ramblers to make their city proud, but in Chicago, their age might just be their most valuable asset.

There’s not a single player on the Loyola squad old enough to remember the Jordan-era Bulls – and maybe that’s a good thing. When the Bulls took the court to begin their record-setting 72-win season in November 1995, Ramblers stars Clayton Custer and Marques Townes were just four and two months old, respectively. Nobody on the Alamodome court will remember John Paxson’s series-clinching three-pointer in the 1993 NBA finals or the time Jordan laced up his shoes and dominated the Utah Jazz while fighting off the flu. Nobody will remember what it’s like to live in the city where on-court excellence is an expectation and losing is all but unacceptable. To them, this is a new phenomenon and a chance to create their own legacy without being haunted by the ghost of greatness past. It’s a good thing for players and a great thing for fans.

Whether they take home the title or return empty-handed from their trip to San Antonio, Chicago has a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the excitement these young men have given us. It’s good to remember what it’s like to feel optimistic about basketball in Chicago, a welcome break from two decades of mediocrity. With the Bulls once again in full rebuild mode after the departures of Rose and Jimmy Butler, this year’s Loyola run may just be a temporary reprieve from the new normal. Nothing will ever be able to fill the Jordan-shaped hole in Chicago basketball fans’ hearts, but the Ramblers’ unforgettable run is the next best thing.