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Players, coaches, media and fans will spend Monday night staring at the scoreboard, and those numbers are what’s most important.
But they aren’t the only significant digits for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. From box-score statistics to advanced tracking to ancillary details, numbers dominate the title game.
And as the Michigan Wolverines and Villanova Wildcats prepare for the season-defining matchup in San Antonio, we’re discussing notable facts about the final game of the 2017-18 campaign.
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It’s official. Michigan will take on Villanova on Monday (9:19 ET) for the 2018 National Championship.
68,257: The announced number of fans who attended the national semifinals, according to the NCAA.
1985: The year that featured the only previous NCAA tournament matchup between Michigan and Villanova. In the second round of the Big Dance, the Wildcats secured a 59-55 win.
321: Michigan’s national rank in free-throw percentage out of 351 Division I teams. After a 12-of-18 showing at the charity stripe opposite Loyola-Chicago, the Wolverines edged ahead of Miami with a 66.2 mark for the season.
83: The “get-in” price for the national championship, according to ScoreBig.com. Among the non-suite seats at the Alamodome, the most expensive ticket is $8,740.
78.8: Percent of Villanova’s shots that originated from three-point range during the opening half of the Final Four matchup against Kansas. The Wildcats built a 47-32 advantage at the break thanks to 13 triples and cruis