The 1st seeded Villanova Wildcats will take on the 1st seeded Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday night in the second of two Final Four games. While Villanova has yet to win by less than double digits, Kansas has won their last 3 games each by just 4 points. In the Elite Eight Villanova easily defeated the 3 seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders 71-59. The Wildcats are back in the Final Four since they won it all in 2016. Kansas came within inches of being eliminated against Duke in the Elite Eight. The Blue devil’s last second shot rolled around the rim for what seemed like forever before falling to ground to send the game into Overtime. Kansas held on for the 85-81 win and are back in the Final Four for the first time since 2012. Villanova is led by National player of the year Jalen Brunson while Kansas is led by Big 12 player of the year Devonte Graham.

Villanova didn’t shoot well against the Red Raiders making just 33 percent of their shots including 4 of 24 from behind the arc. They played very aggressively which resulted in 35 free throws in which they made 29. Five different players scored in double figures and were led by Brunson who scored 15 points. Eric Paschall also had a big game with 12 points and 14 rebounds. They dominated the rebounding battle 51to 33. If there was a negative for Villanova, it’s that they lost the turnover battle 12 to 9. Defensively, they limited The Red Raiders to 33 percent shooting including 5 of 20 from three-point range. They had 6 steals and 4 blocks while committing 7 fouls, which resulted in 18 free throw attempts.

Malik Newman absolutely shined for Kansas in their overtime win over Duke. He scored a career high 32 including all of the teams 13 points in Overtime. They lost the turnover battle badly 18 to 11 but dominated on the boards outrebounding the Blue Devils 47 to 32. Defensively, they had 5 steals and 3 blocks on their way to forcing 11 turnovers. Duke shot 43 percent from the field including 7 of 29 from three-point range. They did a good job of not fouling as they committed just 14. This is important for the Jayhawks because they play a rotation of just 7 players.

Villanova led the nation in scoring this season with an average of 87 points and finished fourth in assist to turnover ratio. Kansas has had the tougher road to get here and are coming off an emotional overtime victory over a very good Duke team. The Wildcats are favored by 5 points in this game and have yet to win by less than 12 points. Kansas 7 footer Udoka Azubike could be the X factor as Villanova likes to play small and Azubike was very effective against Duke’s star-studded frontcourt. In a tournament filled with upsets, this is a contest between the two best teams from their respective regions.

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