Coach Jay Wright and company again have had nothing less than an astounding run this season, and even in a tough region, the Wildcats once again are on the biggest stage of college basketball for the second time in three seasons. With one of the wildest years in March Madness as of late, Villanova has the privilege of facing the only #1 seed left beside themselves, the Kansas Jayhawks. These two squads have some recent history with Kansas surging over Nova in their 2008 run and Nova surpassed the Jayhawks before taking home the chip in 2016.
Both of these squads are clearly heralded as elite basketball programs, and rightfully so. This should be another battle led by the Wildcats Brunson, and Jayhawks Garrett who is also having a solid season. Predicting who will win in a battle of 1 seeds is always difficult, but if Villanova can get their scoring going, they could overpower Kansas if they focus on Brunson too much on defense. On the other hand, Kansas’s defense is probably the best in the nation and will be a true test of Villanova’s offense.
Coaches Jay Wright and Bill Self are masterminds on the hardwood and have these squads more than prepared for the big game tonight. With Michigan winning in the earlier game this weekend, it seems whoever ends up on top here should be the favorite. Anyone who watched college basketball knows that at this point in the season the seeding means practically nothing. In the end I predict a close game with a 79-71 final score with Nova on top. The offensive power that the Wildcats have shown really makes me think they can pull away, but this will be their hardest test.
Expect Villanova to come out swinging to get the moral of a defensive minded Kansas down early. Thier momentum needs to be swinging their way all game to make sure their offense is running to its full potential. Enjoy the game, and we will see if Jay Wright and the Wildcats will be cutting those nets and enjoying another parade in the Philadelphia region.
UPDATE – Villanova beats Kansas 95-79 with a record setting 18 threes in a Final Four game.