Villanova On The Road To The Final Four In San Antonio

Kansas is the underdog heading into their matchup Saturday against Villanova. Loyola defeated Kansas State 78-62 to advance to the Final Four. In fact, half of the bracket lost its top two seeds in the first weekend, which guaranteed that a No. 3 seed or higher would make the national championship.

One has been one of the top teams all season long. He attended a news conference in the Alamodome and was presented with the trophy, then fielded questions about a 31-win season that included a dominating run through the Atlantic Coast Conference but ended with the first 16-vs-1 upset in NCAA Tournament history. She lost four players over the course of the season to ACL injuries, but the Irish find themselves back in the Final Four after rallying from a six-point halftime deficit to beat OR 84-74 on Monday night. And if we are to believe the saying, believing that Loyola-Chicago made the final four out of sheer luck is the really absurd statement. Svi Mykhailuk's trey that tied the game late in regulation and then Malik Newman's dagger in overtime showed what great passing does to get a player an open look at the basket. "I'm just glad that we get to play". However, if they continue to perform like they have for the last month, they could easily find themselves playing again Monday night. Villanova does most of its damage from the perimeter, shooting at a 40.0 percent clip on 3-pointers. The 6-foot sophomore averages 7.5 points and 3.7 assists, but he's capable of providing a double-figure scoring punch with his crafty drives to the basket and occasional 3-pointer (30 percent).

So the nucleus of this Villanova team has been here, done that.

The gritty win over Texas Tech in the Elite Eight proved to Brunson how tough this current group of Wildcats has become.

If you are a fan of Kansas Basketball, you know how the Jayhawks got to this point. You can make that normal. We do a pretty good job of making sure that our focus is on playing defense and rebounding.

A matchup between defending champion SC and undefeated CT was enough to get everyone's attention, while high-scoring teams OR and Notre Dame also created plenty of buzz heading into the Elite Eight.

"I'm really hoping we have a great two games and come out with something big at the end", Kaun added.

Nevada head coach Eric Musselman, following his team's historic 22-point rally against Cincinnati back in the second round, let off at least four f-bombs in the Wolfpack's joyous locker room before network TV could turn off the audio.

All hopes for a rematch of last year's title game were vacated in UConn's 29-point win over defending champion SC. The solid post play of Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa has taken KU to another level, but the emergence of Malik Newman as an elite scorer really makes the Jayhawks a threat to overcome doubters across the US and win its first title since 2008.

Villanova, meanwhile, is arguably the favorite going into the Final Four.

"So the NCAA, for all the stuff that they catch, they passed a rule a few years ago that allowed families to get to events", Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday. In last Friday's 90-78 Sweet Sixteen grinder past West Virginia and their stifling full-court press, it was their persistence to detail and enough timely offense to wear down the Mountaineers.

  • Julie Sanders