Villanova Basketball: 5 reasons why Wildcats should defeat Jayhawks in Final Four

Mar 30, 2018, 01:18
Villanova Basketball: 5 reasons why Wildcats should defeat Jayhawks in Final Four

The Villanova Wildcats are on their way to San Antonio on Wednesday, bound for the Final Four. Villanova punched their ticket with a 71-59 defeat of third-seeded Texas Tech in their Elite Eight matchup Sunday.

This Kansas team isn't like the previous teams.

"I know it's big getting to the Final Four because the last couple of years Kansas has lost in the Elite Eight but that was not the national championship".

As I mentioned before, this team isn't the normal Kansas team. Kansas' rebounding was their biggest advantage.

If the Jayhawks hope to keep up their recent string of success as underdogs, they will need to do so with a strong performance on offense against the nation's top point-producing team. You don't want them living behind the 3-point line with an open shot.

Loyola has five players averaging double-digit points, led by Clayton Custer's 13.2.

"The advantage to me goes to Jalen Brunson because he can do something that Graham can't".

In a postseason with headlines dominated by big upsets and bracket busters, the Wildcats have quietly mowed through their first four games.

Villanova ranks 128th in rebounds per game (35.9) while Kansas ranks 178th in rebounds allowed per game (35.2).

"They're ready. They've had good practices". Villanova is connecting on 50.3 percent of their shots from the field. However, the total has gone over in Kansas' last three games with an average combined score of 161.33. The Wildcats made 29 of their 35 free throws (82.9 percent), while the Red Raiders were 14-18 (77.8 percent).

Many fans said lining up and bidding the Hawks farewell is a tradition as the team goes on to post-season play.

CBS Sports is bringing in some famous faces tied to each of the Final Four schools for its team-specific telecasts of the games.

The teams still contending for the NCAA championship are practicing at the Alamodome on Thursday, while players and coaches from each team hold court with reporters. It's hard to argue with six guys averaging in double figures. "Their guards get after you".

If you'd like to take a look at how we got here, check out our bracket with every score and links to stats and more. "I have not seen her in a long time (since he left Nigeria)", Azubuike said, noting he stays in contact with his mom by phone and occasionally via FaceTime with the help of his sister who lives with mom in Africa.

In the regular season, Kansas played the second-toughest schedule in the country, according to KenPom.com's adjusted efficiency margin ranking for the Jayhawks' opponents. Of course not. The NCAA, for all the stuff (grief) they catch, they passed a rule a few years ago that allowed families to get to events.

We know that both teams can pile up the points, especially if the perimeter shots are falling.

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