Jay Wright’s emotionless reaction to Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave Villanova a 77-74 victory over North Carolina and its first National Championship since 1985 might go down as the strangest reaction to winning a title in history. The player who assisted Jenkins on the game winner, Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono shared his thoughts on his coaches championship reaction on The Jim Rome Show.
“That’s coach, he’s cold-blooded,” Arcidiacono said. “That’s what he does every single day. He never reacts. He never gets too high or too low, but he’s an unbelievable coach. That just shows how at Villanova we win with class and we will lose with class and I think that just shows how much class he has and not to react or try to show up UNC or Coach [Roy] Williams in any way.”
Moments before Jenkins’ shot, North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit a clutch 3 to tie the game with 4.7 seconds left in the game, Arcidiacono talked about their mindset after Paige’s miraculous shot.
“We called the timeout. I got back to the huddle and I was like this is the moment that everyone dreams about their whole life,” Arcidiacono said. “I’ve played that through my mind I can’t tell you how many times, but no one really thinks about making the pass to give it to one of your teammates to knock down that shot and I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I’m ecstatic just for our whole team but I definitely wanted to shoot that ball and I wanted to be aggressive but they put two guys on me and once I came off the screen Daniel’s [Ochefu] man helped and I just flipped it to Kris who was wide open.”
The Final Four MVP said he had the utmost faith Jenkins would come through once he got the ball.
“Anytime I give the ball to Kris and he’s wide open I think it’s going in and that was no different,” Arcidiacono said. “I think I might have said bang myself once I flipped it to him. But he shoots it with confidence and I think if there’s anyone on the team that I wanted to shoot that shot it was definitely Kris.”
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