NCAA Tournament: Kansas vs. Villanova fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, March 31
Game Time: 8:49 pm ET
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
All You Really Need To Know About Villanova
Villanova played about as brutal a game as it could, and it still beat Texas Tech by 12 to get into the Final Four for the second time in the last three years.
The Wildcats shot a pathetic 17% from three and went long, LONG stretches when they couldn’t buy a bucket. But they survived by rebounding everything, coming up with 51 on the game and a whopping 20 on the offensive boards.
They proved in the tournament they can win win everything is clicking, when it’s a shootout, and now, when things get rough.
The poor shooting from three is an aberration. Villanova led the nation in threes, led the nation in scoring, and continues to do just about everything right. This is a complete team full of confident veterans – and they’re not going to be as bad as they were on Sunday afternoon.
All You Really Need To Know About Kansas
Survive and advance.
Kansas got past a missed shot by Grayson Allen in the final moments of regulation to dominate Duke in overtime to win 85-81. Malik Newman went off for 32 points – 13 in overtime – as four Jayhawks scored 11 points or more in the thriller.
Newman hit 11of-12 free throws, connected on 5-of-12 from three, and came up with seven of the team’s 47 rebounds. And that was the difference. Kansas finished with 15 more rebounds than the Blue Devils.
The Jayhawks like to get on the move, they like to shoot threes after making the extra pass or three, and they like to lob it up inside to their big guys. They normally don’t do much on the free throw line, and they don’t force a ton of mistakes, but they can score, score, score.
What’s Going To Happen
If this is the national championship … cool.
Don’t expect this to be a defensive slugfest in any way. These two offenses know how to crank up the points in what should be a blast of a shootout.
Both are going to bomb away from three, both can rebound, and both know how to move the ball around remarkably well. The difference will be the Kansas size inside. Udoka Azubuike, Silvio De Sousa and Svaiatoslav Mykhailiuk combined for 38 rebounds against a Duke team that’s great on the boards.
Expect a classic, with Kansas moving on to take the national title.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Kansas 80, Villanova 78
Line: Villanova -5, o/u: 155
ATS Confidence: 3
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