All hail, Villanova, kings of the hardwood.
And while we’re at it, have a gander at the latest batch of Ceddys, the best and worst of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Best finish: Michigan’s Jordan Poole’s three-pointer to beat Houston. No one knew at the time that it would propel an already surging Michigan team to the championship game. He scored only 15 points in his next four games but no bucket in Michigan’s season was bigger than the buzzer beater in Wichita.
Best threads: Villanova coach Jay Wright. He’s the Pat Riley of college ball. A reporter asked Wright after the national championship game if he wore the same suit that he wore when the Wildcats beat North Carolina in the 2016 title tilt.
“I try not to do that,” Wright said. “(I) get too many people critiquing it back home. So I have to make sure. I don’t spend as much time on it as people think. I know if I would wear the same suit, they would say it so I make sure I don’t.”
Want more on GQ Jay? Check out the Twitter handle @JayWrightsSuit, which gives updates on the coach’s fashion choices.
Worst No. 1 seed: Virginia. The Cavaliers became the first No. 1 to lose to a No. 16 and sent us all scurrying to Google to figure out what the initials UMBC stood for. Look on the bright side, Cavs fans. At least people can stop trying to figure out which schools Kansas lost to in the first round that start with the letter B.
Most drama: The women’s Final Four. The three games included two overtimes and a pair of buzzer beaters by Notre Dame junior guard Arike Ogunbowale, the latter netting the Irish a national title win over Mississippi State.
Least drama: The men’s Final Four. The three games were decided by an average score of 81-64. Not the most dramatic weekend in the Alamo City but it speaks to the dominance of Villanova.
Best reincarnation of Rex Chapman: Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo. He’s a big guard with huge hops and the same brand of killer instinct that made us all take notice of Sexy Rexy back in his Kentucky heyday. Now he needs to make sure to tighten up his Twitter game. Those old tweets never go away, kid.
Worst collapse: Second-seeded Cincinnati led by 22 points over Nevada with 11:37 remaining but lost, 75-73. Hey Cincy, the 2016 Atlanta Falcons are holding your beer.
Second-worst collapse: Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns held a 14-point second-half lead over that same Wolf Pack in the first round but lost in overtime, keeping Smart winless in tourney play at Texas.
Best comeback team: Nevada. Duh.
Worst answer: Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was surprisingly prickly when Turner’s Dana Jacobson asked him why he didn’t order his team to foul when it was down four points in the last 15 seconds of that Elite Eight matchup. “The game was over,” he said. Missed free throws and four-point plays happen all the time. That game was far from over. Credit to Hamilton for apologizing later.
Worst bracket buster: Arizona. A horribly dysfunctional season that included an alleged payment to star player Deandre Ayton revealed on a federal wiretap and the loss of another player to a steroid suspension were the least of the Wildcats’ problems. Zona lost 89-68 to 13th-seeded Buffalo and didn’t exactly try hard in the process.
Toughest miss: Duke’s Grayson Allen. His potential game-winning jumper against Kansas in the Elite Eight danced on the rim for what seemed like forever before rolling out. The game went to overtime and the Jayhawks won to earn a Final Four bid.
Scariest shooting: Villanova made a Final Four-record 18 three-pointers against Kansas, including 13 of 26 in the first half. Who are these guys, the Golden State Warriors?
Best glass slipper: The one worn by the Loyola-Chicaga. The Ramblers and their adorable fan Sister Jean Dolores- Schmidt beat three higher seeds to make one of the most improbable Final Four runs in tournament history.
Best dunk: If you didn’t see Texas Tech freshman Zhaire Smith’s 360-degree alley-oop slam against Stephen F. Austin, then you should have your YouTube privileges revoked. It’s one of the 10 best in-game dunks ever.
Best H-town performance: Houston guard Rob Gray rocks a man bun that resembles WWE resembler Bo Dallas, but the kid can ball. He rolled up San Diego State for 39 points before the Cougars lost at the buzzer to Michigan in the Sweet 16.