Michigan has made it to the 2018 National Championship Game despite some cold shooting from beyond the 3-point line in its last two games. Villanova, the Wolverines’ opponent on Monday night in San Antonio, is the most-prolific 3-point shooting team in NCAA history.
The Wildcats set the single season record for most 3-pointers made in a season during a hot shooting performance in a Final Four 95-79 blowout over Kansas. They surpassed VMI’s previous mark of 442 made triples in the 2006-07 season.
Eric Paschall's 3-pt FG set a new single-season record for 3-pt FG in a single season. The previous record was 442 by VMI in 2006-07. Villanova entered today with 436 made threes this season.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 1, 2018
It wasn’t the only 3-point record Villanova shattered Saturday night. Jay Wright’s team made 18 3-pointers on 40 attempts in the win, setting a record for the most 3s made in a Final Four game.
🚨 NEW RECORD! 🚨
Villanova broke a #FinalFour record with its 14th three-pointer of the game.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 1, 2018
Michigan, meanwhile, has made just 22 percent of its 3-pointers in its last two games. The Wolverines combined to go 11 for 50 from beyond the arc in the Elite Eight and Final Four. They were just 4 of 22 (18.2 percent) against Florida State and followed it up Saturday with a 7-for-28 showing in a 69-57 win over Loyola-Chicago.
Michigan has proved it can hit shots this season. The team shoots 36.2 percent on triples (49th in the country) and hit 14 of 24 3-pointers (58.3 percent) in the Sweet 16 against Texas A&M.
The Wolverines might need to repeat that kind of shooting performance on Monday night if they’re going to cut down the nets.