Villanova Dismantles Kansas, are Biggest Favorites Since 2010

Villanova Dismantles Kansas, are Biggest Favorites Since 2010

Villanova kept the ball moving - sometimes whipping it around the perimeter, other times on drive-and-kickout plays - to stay a step ahead of the Jayhawks' befuddled defense, which left coach Bill Self in a perpetual state of exasperation through what became a 40-minute shooting show. Charles Matthews added 17 points and Muhammad-Ali-Abdur-Rahkman had 7 on the game. "I'm looking forward to it".

"Everything", he said. "I can't say just one thing".

They don't need to stay this hot, or even close to it, to beat MI and win the national title Monday night.

Villanova is seeking their second title in three years.

During Villanova's 95-79 win over Kansas, the Wildcats set a new Final Four record with 18 3-pointers.

What wasn't expected was how lopsided of a national semifinal game this would be, with the Wildcats racing to a 22-4 lead within the first seven minutes. They beat the Nos.

In dispatching Loyola of Chicago 69-57 in the opening semifinal, MI rallied from 10 points down in the final 14 minutes and leaned on junior center Moe Wagner. Most of "Nova's 18 makes barely skimmed the net".

The Wildcats are 6.5-point favorites over MI for Monday's title game, the biggest championship game spread since Duke was favored by seven points over Butler in 2010.

More than most, the Wildcats know who they are.

"We know they're a great team, because they've gotten to this point", DiVincenzo said.

The most recent freshman-fueled title came in 2015, when Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones led Duke to its fifth national title. Louisville was later forced to vacate that 2013 title because of NCAA sanctions in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal. MI is looking for their first championship since 1989.

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It was Villanova's night from the opening minute, and nothing Kansas did was going to change the momentum.

"You hang in there and you just do your absolute best every single day". You're just not going to be ready. "I mean, you want to make it farther than that, but it is an accomplishment". The Wolverines have won only one, beating Seton Hall in overtime in 1989.

Yet the Wolverines have caught an uptick at the right time.

Villanova's Jay Wright, say hello to the 13 coaches who have won multiple national championships.

"This team's had no attention at all", Beilein said.

Azubuike said: "It's not a happy feeling when you lose".

"It was as tough a locker room as I've seen", Moser said.

They coached against each other in the Big East, after Wright got to Villanova and when West Virginia was still in that league. The Wolverines are led by big man Moe Wagner, and they are capable of shooting it from deep as well as Villanova, though they're coming off back-to-back poor performances beyond the arc. They play so well together.

Villanova's Jalen Brunson (1) shoots over Kansas's Lagerald Vick (2) during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in San Antonio. The Wildcats set a Final Four record with 18 made 3s against Kansas. On the year, the Wildcats were 14th nationally from behind the three-point arc, and almost 40 percent of the points they scored on the year came from downtown, so it wasn't a surprise that they would try to connect on triples.

A strong Villanova team stands in between MI and the school's first basketball title since 1989.