National Championship Media Highlights

The news media chronicled Villanova’s tremendous 2016 National Championship run. The morning after our championship victory, Villanova was on the front page of nearly 200 newspapers across the country. Below are select media highlights from the men’s basketball program’s NCAA title.


Visit to White House leaves Villanova teeming with excitement
Philadelphia Daily News

As perks go, Tuesday afternoon at the White House was the ultimate trump card.

 

Villanova's White House visit is 'surreal'
Philadelphia Inquirer

Jay Wright seemed to be pinching himself as he stood just a few feet away from President Obama during the president's remarks welcoming Wright and the 2016 Villanova national championship basketball team to the White House on Tuesday.

 

Before Kris Jenkins's Shot, There Was Ryan Arcidiacono's Pass
The New York Times

Years before Ryan Arcidiacono became the most outstanding player of this N.C.A.A. Final Four on Monday night, he practiced taking last-second shots that would win his team a national championship.

 

Villanova win vs. UNC will be remembered as best title game ever
USA Today

This Villanova team couldn’t match the perfect game. It did the ’85 squad even better: Its game against North Carolina, the last 90 seconds in particular, will be remembered as the best national championship ever.

 

Philadelphia Threedom: How Villanova became the national champion
Sports Illustrated

Hours after making the game-winning shot in the NCAA men's basketball championship game, Villanova basketball star Kris Jenkins appeared on "Good Morning America," saying his mom was the key to jump-starting his basketball career.

 

How Kris Jenkins' 3 happened and why it perfectly explains Villanova
ESPN

With 4.7 seconds left in a tied national championship game, Daniel Ochefu walked over to the little boy charged with mopping up the wet marks on the court and politely took the mop out of his hands. The Villanova coaching staff likes to tell its players, "Be the best street sweeper you can be."

 

A look at the NCAA Tournament, ending with shot for the ages
Associated Press

The NCAA Tournament started on March 15 with Florida Gulf Coast handing Fairleigh Dickinson a 96-65 beatdown. It ended three weeks later with a game that will be talked about for decades — Villanova's 77-74 victory over North Carolina on Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer at the buzzer.

 

Villanova's Arcidiacono and Ochefu surprise little boy diagnosed with cancer
ESPN  

The surprise was meant to be for 4-year-old Blaise…And crouched just inside the door, seated at the brand-new kiddie table, sat Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu, the senior captains who just led the Wildcats to the national championship.

 

Villanova's winning 3-pointer typical of national champs' unselfishness
Chicago Tribune

Vllanova's 1985 national championship team gathered for a reunion Monday night at NRG Stadium. Former coach Rollie Massimino grinned and waved from the stands.

 

5 most dominant title runs of the analytics era
Sports Illustrated

Villanova’s Jay Wright pulled off a rare double feat in the 2016 NCAA tournament: He did the best coaching job of anyone in the bracket, all the while maintaining the best perspective on college basketball’s use of a six-round, single-elimination tournament to crown its national champion.

 

Philadelphia cheers NCAA champs Villanova with parade 
Associated Press

Villanova fans descended on downtown Philadelphia on Friday to cheer their NCAA championship basketball team, flooding the city in a raucous sea of blue.

 

Villanova had the championship ingredients it needed to cut down the nets
USA Today  

This is how you win a championship … It took a Villanova village to outlast North Carolina 77-74 Monday night and claim the second national championship in school history.

 

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
NBC News

Now to the shot heard 'round the world being called one of the greatest finishes ever … tonight’s celebration is far from over at Villanova.

 

Villanova's title keeps hope alive for underdogs
ESPN

At halftime of Villanova's 77-74 win over North Carolina in the national championship game at NRG Stadium on Monday night, Michael Jordan walked through a corridor toward the North Carolina locker room. Media, fans and bulky-armed security personnel hovered as Jordan chatted with Mark Emmert, the NCAA's president.

 

Villanova's Kris Jenkins Credits His Mom for His Shooting Skills
Good Morning America - ABC

Hours after making the game-winning shot in the NCAA men's basketball championship game, Villanova basketball star Kris Jenkins appeared on "Good Morning America," saying his mom was the key to jump-starting his basketball career.

 

Villanova returns as heroes to a city starved for winners
ESPN  

The police have been escorting the Villanova Wildcats around for weeks now, turning on the flashing lights so the team’s buses can travel unimpeded to practice and game sites in New York, Louisville and Houston.

 

What College Basketball Success Means for Schools Like Villanova
TIME

In all likelihood, it just got harder to get accepted as a student at Villanova University.

 

Squawk on the Street
CNBC

Well this is a great honor. Fresh from the Opening Bell, it's the Villanova Wildcats. They clinched the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with a dramatic 3-point shot at the buzzer.

 

The winning's only beginning for Villanova
Philadelphia Inquirer

At Villanova University, Joseph A. Borillo was taking the congratulatory calls in succession on Tuesday, the day after the men's basketball team had been crowned national champion. Wells Fargo. Coca-Cola. Bimbo Bakeries.

 

Villanova proving a winner on and off the court
Philadelphia Inquirer

Within two minutes of Villanova's men's basketball victory over Kansas on Saturday night, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue received 280 text messages from alumni and other excited fans, looking forward to the Final Four.