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Villanova Shocks North Carolina to Win NCAA Men's Basketball Title

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Villanova's Jalen Brunson (1), Mikal Bridges (25) and their teammates celebrate after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina, Monday, April 4, 2016.

Villanova's Jalen Brunson (1), Mikal Bridges (25) and their teammates celebrate after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina, Monday, April 4, 2016.

The Villanova Wildcats defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men's basketball championship game in Houston, Texas Monday.

The two teams exchanged the lead several times down the stretch before the number one-seeded North Carolina's Marcus Paige hit a wild three-point shot that tied the game at 74-74 with about four seconds left in regulation time. But Villanova's Kris Jenkins took a pass just over the midcourt line and launched the winning three-point shot for the second-seeded Wildcats as the final buzzer sounded.

This is only Villanova's second NCAA men's basketball championship, the first coming in 1985, when they upset the then-powerful Georgetown Hoyas. The win is also the first title for head coach Jay Wright in his 22-year head coaching career.

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