Eric Paschall scored 10 points and Phil Booth had nine for the Wildcats (2-1). The Wolverines (3-0) jumped ahead early and never let up. They led 10-2 less than five minutes in and expanded the lead to 22-8 on Matthews’ jumper midway through the opening half. A 17-3 run followed, giving Michigan a 39-13 lead. Matthews’ dunk and consecutive 3-pointers from Isaiah Livers and Jordan Poole highlighted the run. Matthews capped the impressive first half with a steal and layup to send Michigan to the locker room with a 44-17 lead. “I’m very impressed with Michigan,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “Really like their team, great togetherness, great execution. It’s my fault I’m running a lot of guys out there. We’re not as organized as we want to be. We’re trying to figure out a lineup early in the season. We didn’t have the cohesiveness to play a good team like that.” Villanova’s frustration was evident after Michigan’s Zavier Simpson’s flagrant foul led to a brief scuffle with Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree near midcourt with 13 minutes remaining and Michigan leading 52-24. The Wildcats couldn’t make any push in the second half, and fans hit the road early. “They executed way better than we were prepared to play defense,” Booth said. Neither team looked like the two squads who met in San Antonio seven months ago. Villanova lost four players who were drafted in the first 33 picks of the NBA draft. AP Player of the Year Jalen Brunson plays for the Dallas Mavericks. Omari Spellman is with the Atlanta Hawks. Mikal Bridges landed in Phoenix after a draft-night trade with the 76ers, and Donte DiVincenzo — who scored 31 points in the title game — is with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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