Saturday’s Final Four game between No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 2 seed Villanova may be seen by some as an undercard to the second game of the night between seeded Duke. No. 2, and No. 8 seed North Carolina, but if that’s the case, then it’s an exceptionally compelling undercard. The Wildcats and Jayhawks have combined to win three national titles since 2008, and each of these historically strong programs is aiming to add another title to its tally. It will be a contrast of styles between the high-flying Jayhawks, who thrive in transition, and the methodical Wildcats, who crush opponents with their flawless execution. Whoever dictates the pace of the game should have an advantage, especially given Villanova’s depth issues. When rookie shooting guard Justin Moore left Villanova’s Elite Eight win over Houston last weekend with an Achilles injury, he left the Wildcats with just five players who have averaged 10 minutes or more per game this season. .
However, these five are each juniors and seniors who have come together to help Villanova win 14 of their last 15 games. Kanas is deep by comparison, and if the Jayhawks are able to run in transition or create foul trouble by Villanova, they should have an advantage. Between point guard Remy Martin and star winger Ochai Agbaji, KU have a few players who can take control of a game with their attacking acumen.
With two historic programs battling it out for a spot in the national championship game, Kansas’ matchup against Villanova could be a thriller as the 2022 Final Four unfolds in style from New Orleans.
How to watch Kansas vs. Villanova
Dated: Saturday April 2 | Time: 6:09 p.m. ET
Location: Caesars Superdome — New Orleans
TV: TBS | Direct: March Madness Live
Kansas vs. Villanova: need to know
About the Jayhawks: Losing the 2020 NCAA Tournament isn’t a primary motivation for Kansas, but it’s not lost on anyone around the program that Self and the Jayhawks had the best team in the country at the time the tournament was canceled due to of the COVID-19 pandemic. Agbaji, David McCormack and Christian Braun were all part of this squad and in this tournament have seen the bracket smash their way through almost every round. Kansas is favored to make the national championship game and if they perform like bettors expect it will put together a huge blue blood title game against Duke or North Carolina. If the Jayhawks can pull it off, it’s expected they could win it and cut the nets for the second time under Self and just the fourth time in the history of this legendary program. — Patterson chip
About feral cats: The word “attitude” is the slogan displayed all over the Villanova facility and it’s represented in how the Wildcats simply bring a more consistent and level approach than your average college basketball team. This is a team that knows their system, and more specifically their roles in the system, as well as anyone in the country and that’s how Villanova has been able to pull off the big dance in these last six tournaments. The loss of Justin Moore will undeniably change the calculations on how Villanova handles business, but Jay Wright has all week to put together a new game plan specifically for this weekend and there is no other team that I have more confidence in to receive and implement such changes than the Wildcats. — patterson
Kansas vs. Villanova: Betting Tips
It is impossible to summarize any corresponds to a specific injury or facet of the game…in most cases. However, it could be as simple as that: Villanova, already thin at depth, is razor thinner still after losing second-highest scorer and minutes leader Justin Moore to an Achilles injury in the ‘Elite Eight. KU have the depth advantage, and it’s pretty close to a draw in terms of talent. Maybe Caleb Daniels takes Nova’s place and Jay Wright rides five or six guys for 35+ minutes successfully, but I’m skeptical the injury won’t tip this one heavily in favor of the Jayhawks. Kyle Boone’s pick: Kansas -4.5
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