One more time, for all in the back.
THE VILLANOVA WILDCATS ARE GOING TO THE MARCH MADNESS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
Defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 95-79, coach Jay Wright’s squad is heading to their second NCAA tournament final in three years.
Villanova unleashed their offensive fury with a three-pointer by Eric Paschall, and frankly, never stopped. Whatever three-point shooting slump the Wildcats experienced against Texas Tech, they left in the Elite Eight. Breaking the record for the most three-pointers in a Final Four game with 18 shots, ‘Nova opened the skies and quite literally made it rain.
In response to the Wildcats’ shooting onslaught, Kansas had difficultly effectively mustering up their own offense. The Jayhawks, unable to execute cohesive shots, were stalled into single digits for nearly nine full minutes in the first half. While Villanova pushed their three-pointers, Kansas instead opted to score driving beneath the bucket. In fact, ‘Nova attempted 18 three-point shots before Kansas even tried for one.
Kansas ultimately outplayed Villanova inside, edging the Wildcats out 34 to 32 points in the paint. Though Devonte Graham (23 points) and Malik Newman (21 points) attempted to jumpstart the Jayhawks’ scoring, Villanova’s high-tempo ball movement and shot accuracy pulled the Wildcats into pace that Kansas simply could not rally toward. For perspective, three Kansas players managed double digits on the scoreboard, whereas six Wildcats dropped double digits.
Villanova moves on to meet Michigan Monday night for the last song of Big Dance at 9:20 EST on TBS.