SAN ANTONIO – In the glorious history of the NCAA tournament, designed by Hall of Fame Dave Gavitt – with the 64-man team making this event a phenomenon – there were 68 Final Four semi-finals. 19659002] Kansas Vs. Villanova will be only twelfth at this time to be contested by two seeds of No. 1.
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So what we get when the Jayhawks and Wildcats take place in Alamodome Square. A rare treat: a game between two teams who have been honored throughout the season. Everyone had their current mistakes, and everyone went through March with three consecutive tournaments in the conference tournament and four more in the main tournament.
What we'll get when the Jayhawks and Wildcats in the Alamodome take the floor is a rare treat: a game between two teams that have distinguished themselves throughout the season. Everyone had their current mistakes, and everyone went through March with three consecutive tournaments in the conference tournament and four more in the main tournament.
Final Four matchup:
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the final four match between Kansas and Villanova at 8:49 pm ET tips. It airs on TBS and can be streamed live on NCAA.com or the March Madness Live App.
|Coach: Bill Self, 3 Final Fours, 1 NCAA Championship|
|Total Score : 31-7|
|Top Scorer: Devonte & Graham, 17.2 ppg  Rebounding Leader: Udoka Azubuike, 7.1 Rpg|
|Preparatory Leader: Devonte & Graham, 7.3 apg|
|Famous Nothinstrict Alum: Actor Don Johnson|
No. 1 Villanova
|Coach: Jay Wright, 3 Final Fours, 1 NCAA Championship|
|Total Score: 34-4|
|Points Guide: Jalen Brunson, 19.2, ppg|
|Rebounding – Guide: Omari Spellman, 7.8 RPG|
|Assists Leader: Jalen Brunson, 4.6 apg|
|Famous athlete without athletes: Playwright David Rabe|
Best single play : Kansas C Udoka Azubuike v Villanova C Omari Spellman
It would be so easy and so obvious to say that the fight between All-American point guard Devonte Graham of Kansas and Sporting News player of the year Jalen Brunson is the one to consider. There is a lot of glamor in it. But the game is decided more by the way these two very different big men fight each other. Azubuike could be the strongest player in Division I basketball, so overwhelming that 118 of his 207 baskets were dunks this season. These provide a shot percentage of .772 – 87 percentage points better than player # 2 in field accuracy. Spellman is a .446 3-point shooter with 62 brands on the season.
When Spellman struggled early in Villanova's second-round tie against Alabama, it showed how dangerously thin the Wildcats are in this position. Spellman has no choice but to be careful to defend the interior. The good news is to guard Azubuike, that if you catch him in your preferred room, he is so overwhelming that you can just as easily avoid him and let him scrape off the edge.
Kansas needs to decide how to deal with it Spellman's ability on the edge and his ability to push the basketball when given enough space. The Jayhawks believe Azubuike moves his feet well enough to cope with the challenge. he is good in the ball screen defense. Few of KU's Big 12 opponents showed a big man so skilful from the gate. Well, there's a chance the Jayhawks could get two in three days if they beat Michigan in the final.
Critical coaching decision
Villanova seems to put Azubuike in pick-and-roll for the whole evening. The KU will have to decide how to defend these situations. It seems unlikely that KU would risk dismal trouble by catching. Would KU be brave enough to leave it behind and get the Wildcats to shoot out of the depths? Hedge hard and risk lazy problems? Azubuike is the most important player on the floor because nobody else is like him. KU can now release him with Silvio De Sousa, and he was terrific all month, but he is so inexperienced that the Jayhawks have to be careful about the work they ask him to do.
Most obvious statistic: 7
When Villanova scores seven threes in the Final Four – whether in the semi-finals against Kansas or, if they're lucky, in the half and championship game – the Wildcats will set a new NCAA Division I 3-point record in one season. The old record was founded in 2006-07 by VMI, who played an all-out, up-tempo style and struck 442 from 1383 from a distance. That was 38 percent of the baskets made by the Keydets. Villanova gets so much of his insult from a distance.
Meet : Villanova redshirt junior guard Phil Booth
You should know him well, because he was the surprise hero of the 2016 NCAA Championship Game. When Villanova abandons his usual offensive approach in the final against North Carolina and relying on isolation, it was Booth who was best able to take advantage of his matchup and come out of the field with 20 points to 6: 7. from -6 from the line. You have an excuse if you forgot, because Booth missed out on injury for most of the 2016/17 season, and he was a pretty race-sustaining player throughout the season and throughout the tournament. He also missed seven games in the mid-season with a broken hand. He can still deliver a scoring burst if needed and available; he scored 20 points in a big win over Gonzaga and 21 in the first of two wins against Xavier. But otherwise, he acts as a connector and makes his work wonderful.
The choice: Villanova
This was the best team in college basketball since the beginning of the year, and although Kansas has closed the gap, this should be another step for the Wildcats. If this game had been played in late February, it would be an overwhelming decision to win. Kansas is a different team because Malik Newman was overrun by Shooting Guard. He made 22.7 points in March tournament games in March, and this has made KU defend another team. There is not so much pressure on Graham to get opportunities. He can spend a lot of time running the show. Villanova's advantage is not huge, but his ability to keep the Jayhawks on the defense should provide driving and shooting opportunities that give the Wildcats the edge.