2016 NCAA Championship: Twitter Reacts to Final Seconds of Villanova vs. UNC

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2016

Villanova forward Kris Jenkins is embraced after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Villanova Wildcats star Kris Jenkins hit the shot of a lifetime during Monday's national championship game in Houston against the North Carolina Tar Heels to give his team a 77-74 victory:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

GAME. VILLANOVA. #NationalChampionship https://t.co/35ZC5osLvq

Naturally, social media was quick to react to the incredible shot that came mere seconds after Marcus Paige tied the game on the other end with a three-pointer of his own:  

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Marcus Paige, ladies & gentlemen. #CLUTCH #NationalChampionship https://t.co/ADGWTogKDC

The victory gave the Wildcats the 2016 national title:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

The Villanova Wildcats are your 2016 National Champions! What. A. Finish! #NationalChampionship https://t.co/wIlHq5oyQX

It was the tensest of moments, but Villanova coach Jay Wright was his usual calm self after the win:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Jay Wright’s reaction to the game-winner #boss https://t.co/ki1gVs1v2e

Andy Glockner of The Cauldron provided an X's-and-O's breakdown of the winner:

Linguistic Quirks @AndyGlockner

Great execution to have the spacing with the inbounder trailing and Arch crossing in front of the defenders on the pitch to create space

Jay Morrison of Cox Media Group had a worthwhile idea:

Jay Morrison @JayMorrisonCMG

Just show that play over and over again fir the entire One Shining Moment

Nicole Auerbach of USA Today reacted the same way many of the fans did in the building:

Nicole Auerbach @NicoleAuerbach


Adam Hoge of WGN Radio had a similar takeaway:

Adam Hoge @AdamHoge


As did Amara Baptist of Fox Sports:

Amara @AmaraBaptist


Holly MacKenzie of Vice Sports described the emotional roller coaster of the end of Monday's contest:

Holly MacKenzie @stackmack

my. goodness. feel like i could cry tears of excitement and sadness for both of these teams. what a game. what a sport. MAN.

Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com referred to broadcaster Bill Raftery's famous call of "Onions!" after the shot:

Adam Rittenberg @ESPNRittenberg


Lloyd Ribner III was ready to put the shot into the historical archives of college basketball:

Lloyd Ribner III @LloydRibner

That's a top-5 college basketball moment of all time #Onions

Jay Williams of ESPN echoed similar sentiments:

Jay Williams @RealJayWilliams

Best ending to a championship game I have ever seen. 1 st buzzer beater since Lorenzo Charles in 1983. Incredible game.

Villanova fans will surely see it as one of those greatest moments given their celebrations, via Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia:

NBC Sports Philadelphia @NBCSPhilly

REACTION: What the game-winning shot looked like from a near-campus bar. Unbelievable. https://t.co/uB1G5GYHKO

The celebration carried over to campus, as Patrick Shatkus passed along:

patrickshatkus @shatkusp

When #Villanova wins the #NationalChampionship at the buzzer. Nova watch party in the Pavilion https://t.co/EAXMUIhirj

Those in attendance had their own euphoria, per Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports:

Pat Forde @YahooForde

Kris Jenkins w Villanova students post game https://t.co/FNOwsn9958

Chris Fowler of ESPN witnessed things from North Carolina's perspective:

Chris Fowler @cbfowler

WOW! Tremendous! Best title game finish ever? It's up there. UNC feed in bar showed only heartbreak reax shots not Nova elation. #final4

The disappointment for those Tar Heels fans was probably even harder to deal with because Paige had just drilled his own unreal shot on the other end. While Jenkins' game-winner will overshadow it in the college basketball history books, Ryan Fagan of Sporting News couldn't believe the level of difficulty:

Ryan Fagan @ryanfagan

Paige made this ... https://t.co/Y6VLYXyrJj

It was yet another great moment for Paige in this tournament:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

MARCUS. PAIGE. https://t.co/C5nOQBa75r

Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star also brought in Raftery's call after Paige's shot:

Zak Keefer @zkeefer

Marcus Paige. https://t.co/ozhOAQEOZF

One famous former North Carolina Tar Heel was pleased, per Albert Breer of NFL Network:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer


Mike Prada of SB Nation reacted to Michael Jordan's celebration:

Reggie Comma Mike Prada @MikePradaSBN


Alas, because of Jenkins, the celebration didn't last long. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times compared it to the Seattle Seahawks' loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX even after Jermaine Kearse made an incredible snag in the closing stretch. Malcolm Butler's interception in the final moments is all history will remember from that game, much like Jenkins' shot:

Bob Condotta @bcondotta

Marcus Paige is now basically Jermaine Kearse in Super Bowl XLIX.

Magical moment or not, the Internet quickly jumped on the connection between the Tar Heels and the famous "crying Jordan" meme, especially since His Airness won a national title at North Carolina:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

UNC fans right now https://t.co/yT3Hyjs8uh

Sean Gentille of Sporting News shared his version of the meme:

Sean Gentille @seangentille

God forgive me. https://t.co/ju3dm5XKlc

Even Kyle Anderson of the San Antonio Spurs got in on the fun:

Robin Carlin of the Denver Post noted there were more sad Jordans than just the meme:

Robin Carlin @robincarlin

Sorry Jordan https://t.co/tnaoPGzckY

Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com indicated the actual Jordan will somehow handle the loss:

Jordan was too busy showing his respect to Jenkins after the game-winner to worry about what the Internet has done to him, via NCAA March Madness:

NCAA March Madness @marchmadness

Kris Jenkins has earned MJ's respect. https://t.co/pESu5HqNcl #NationalChampionship

Tar Heels fans will have to settle for watching old clips of Jordan after Monday's heartbreaking loss.