(WJBK) - This end to March Madness should be good.
A wild NCAA Tournament of upsets comes down to this: Villanova and its squadron of long-range shooters against Michigan and its ultra-stingy defense, Monday night at the Alamodome.
The Wildcats and their horde of long-range shooters are playing for their second title in three years, a chance to establish a mini dynasty. The Wolverines are after their first title since 1989, hoping to grasp the trophy that slipped through coach John Beilein's fingers in 2013.
Many will be watching the game tonight at a special party hosted by the University at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The party is open for students and men's basketball season ticket holders. A limited number of tickets will also be available to the public. You must register at this link here and have your printed ticket in-hand to get into the watch party.
Ann Arbor Police are excited to see fans celebrate, too, but reminded of certain behaviors that will get you arrested. You can see their reminder here.
Both teams have been on a winning streak as of late. The Wolverines have won 14 games in a row and Villanova has won 10 straight.
The Wolverines had trouble scoring in their Final Four game to trail Loyola-Chicago by seven at halftime, before finding the right gear in the second to run past the underdog Ramblers 69-57 into the title game.
Their next task: Find some way to slow Villanova's 3-ball roll.
Michigan is the nation's No. 3 team in defensive efficiency and has held its five NCAA Tournament opponents to an average of 58.6 points per game.
The Wolverines shut down Loyola-Chicago's 3-point shooters in the national semifinals and have been adept at limiting opponents' 3-point attempts by switching and jamming shooters along the arc.
The concern even if they do limit Villanova's 3s: Back-door cuts.
The Ramblers had a hard time getting the ball to cutters against the bigger Wolverines, but the Wildcats are long and have strong finishers at nearly every position.
Villanova's issue on defense will be finding a way to slow Michigan's Moe Wagner.
Tip off is Monday night at 9:20 p.m. on TBS.
The Associated Press contributed to this report