*) , , , , , , . Villanova Wildcats @ Kansas Jayhawks Predictions The Villanova Wildcats will take on the Kansas Jayhawks at the Final Four. These two teams went up against each other in the 2018 Final Four, and the Wildcats came out victorious 95-79.
Villanova is arguably the best college basketball program in the past five years. The team is now considered to be a “new blue blood”.
The Wildcats had some close games in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. They beat the Michigan Wolverines 63-55 in the Sweet 16 behind Jermaine Samuels’ 22 points. Samuels shot 8-13 overall and 5-5 from the free throw line.
The Elite Eight saw the Wildcats take on the Houston Cougars. The game was a low-scoring defensive battle, but Villanova came out on top 50-44. The Wildcats led 27-20 going into the half, but Houston tried to fight back in the second half. Jermaine Samuels again led the Wildcats in scoring with 16 points on 6-10 shooting. Villanova lost their Elite Eight match to Justin Moore, who tore his ACL. Moore had surgery to repair his ACL and will be out of March Madness. To make up for Moore’s absence, the Wildcats must expect all players to play a part.
The Kansas Jayhawks are undoubtedly the most successful team in the past five years. Although they don’t have many stars, the Jayhawks play solid team basketball.
Other than the First Round of March Madness, Kansas has experienced a difficult season. They took on an injured Creighton Bluejays team in the Second Round and only won 79-72. They followed that up with a 66-61 victory over the Providence Friars in the Sweet 16. They lost the last game, but then went on a 7-1 run to win.
Kansasas was up against an offensively skilled Miami Hurricanes team. The Jayhawks struggled shooting the ball in the first half and were losing 35-29 going into halftime. However, they put their foot on the accelerator in the second half and won 76-50. Ochai Agbaji returned to form in this game and scored 18 points in 34 minutes. He shot 8-12 overall and went 2-2 from behind the three-point line.
Since Justin Moore will not be at Villanova, I’m picking Kansas to win the game. Kansas is more offensively skilled and has a better pass record.
Kansas beats Villanova 66-60. Kansas covers, Under 133.5 points.
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Head-to-Head: Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks
Villanova Head-to-Head Kansas Jay Wright Head Coach Bill Self 30-7 (16-4, 2nd in Big East) Standing 32-6 (14-4, 1st in Big 12) Leader (Per Game) Collin Gillespie (15.6) PPG Ochai Agbaji (18.9) Jermaine Samuels (6.5) RPG Jalen Wilson (7.4) Collin Gillespie (3.3) APG Dajuan Harris Jr. (4.2) Brandon Slater (1.1) SPG Dajuan Harris Jr. (1.4) Jermaine Samuels (0.7) BPG David McCormack (0.9) Eric Dixon (. 504) FG% Mitch Lightfoot (. 667) Eric Dixon (. 515) 3P% Jalen Coleman-Lands (. 448)
Why Might the Villanova Wildcats Win?
The Wildcats may be the underdogs but they have the potential to win if the Wildcats ride the hot hand, and take the extra pass.
Jermaine Sams was the winner in Villanova’s two previous games. Collin Gillespie was the winner in that game. It’s impossible to predict who your March x-factor will be. In this Kansas game, it could be any player. Whatever it may be, the Wildcats must let him have free rein to find his shot.
Villanova are not great passers. They only average 12.1 assists a game. The Kansas team is often a strong defense so the players will need to be more aggressive and open the man.
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Why Might the Kansas Jayhawks Win?
The Jayhawks are favorites, but they will lose this game only if Villanova isn’t fouled on defense or if the Jayhawks get fouls on offense.
Villanova has the best free throw shooting team college basketball history. Their team’s free throw percentage is on track to break the record. They are currently hitting 82.3% of their free throws, an unheard-of number in the college ranks. Kansas must not foul them or Villanova can build a lead-off free throws.
Villanova has a shorter rotation due to the injury that ended Justin Moore’s season. This means that Villanova must draw fouls in order to force Villanova into playing lesser-used players. They will exploit Villanova’s weaknesses if they do this well.
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Villanova Key Player: (G) Caleb Daniels
Guard Caleb Daniels has the challenging task of filling in for Justin Moore. Although Daniels is Villanova’s sixth player, he will probably be given a starting position in this match.
Daniels plays an efficient role but is less prolific than Justin Moore. He only averages 10.2 points per game compared to Moore’s 14.8.
Daniels must look more for his shots and take advantage of scoring opportunities. The Wildcats will have a difference maker in him.
Jayhawks Key Player (G) RemyMartin
Guard RemyMartin has been the star player of March. He is averaging 16.8 points per game this March and arguably KU’s most dangerous scorer.
Martin must run the offense and continue to look for his shot. If he plays well, he will take this team to National Championship.
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How to Watch Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks
Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks Information What Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks Where Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana When Saturday, April 2, 6: 09 PM EST How to Watch TBS