Michigan reportedly has the crowd advantage down in San Antonio tonight. Virtually every available screen in Ann Arbor probably has the game on as well, including those in the Crisler Center.
Schools will often open up their basketball arenas for local students and fans to watch national championship game. Crisler Center is packed for tonight's match-up against Villanova.
Big Ten Network's Elise Menaker is on hand for the scene. She says there are around 8,000 fans in attendance.
Crisler Center has a listed capacity of 13,751. It's a pretty impressive turnout, all things considered.
There are definitely much better ways to see the game clearly than on some big screens at Crisler Center. Still, the atmosphere there is probably hard to match, if you're not in San Antonio.
We got a sneak preview of what Ann Arbor will look like if Michigan pulls the upset after Michigan's semifinal win over Loyola Chicago. Expect that times 1,000, should Michigan pull this one out.
Michigan, led by star center Moritz Wagner, was hot early.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early 14-8 lead. Wagner has proven to be a tough match-up, and had 11 early points.
The game has been very physical, and Villanova took advantage when the two sides went to the bench. Wagner went out for a bit, and 'Nova brought in sub Donte DiVincenzo, who leads all scorers with 16 points.
Villanova leads Michigan 34-28 with a few minutes remaining in the first half of tonight's national championship game. It's been a tight one, as many expected, with both teams having nice runs so far in the half.