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With second NCAA title, Villanova's Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph) joins elite company

Villanova guard Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph) celebrates with fans after the Wildcats defeated Michigan in the NCAA men's basketball championship game.
Villanova guard Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph) celebrates with fans after the Wildcats defeated Michigan in the NCAA men's basketball championship game. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

For even the best of teams, winning a national championship is hard. (Just ask a certain No. 1 overall seed.)

Since the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament expanded to 64 teams in the 1984-85 season, marking the dawn of what’s known as the sport’s modern era, just five programs have won multiple titles in a four-year span: Duke (1991, ’92); Kentucky (’96, ’98); Florida (2006, ’07); Connecticut (’11, ’14) and, after Monday night’s demolition of Michigan, Villanova (’16, ’18).

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Rarer still, with the inherent roster turnover of successful programs, is the player with two titles in his career. Which makes Phil Booth’s career, after his second “One Shining Moment” in three years, all the more remarkable.

The former Mount Saint Joseph star guard and All-Metro Player of the Year is one of just 31 modern-era players who have won multiple championships. Here’s a look at his select company:

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Phil Booth scored a game-high 20 points in the national championship game in April. Now his eyes are on his junior season.

Duke: Christian Ast, Kenny Blakeney, Marty Clark, Brian Davis, Grant Hill, Thomas Hill, Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Antonio Lang

Kentucky: Allen Edwards, Nazr Mohammed, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner

Florida: Jack Berry, Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Walter Hodge, Al Horford, Lee Humphrey, Joakim Noah, Chris Richard, Brett Swanson, Garrett Tyler

Connecticut: Niels Giffey, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander

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Villanova: Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Tim Delaney, Donte DiVincenzo

After a redshirt junior season in which he averaged 10.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, Booth is expected to return to a team receiving early top-five billing heading into 2018-19.

Not quite old-school UCLA territory, but it’s getting there.

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