For all the crazy stuff that have happened so far in the 2018 NCAA National Tournament, the right side of the bracket is about to conclude with a win by a No. 1 seed, as the Kansas Jayhawks collide with the Villanova Wildcats in San Antonio. At press, the Wildcats are picked to win this matchup by a total of 5-points and remain as favorites to win the NCAA basketball championship at the sportsbook. Which team will advance? Read on for a preview of this huge game below and register here to make your pick.
Betting Preview for the Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks NCAA Final Four College Basketball Game on March 31, 2018
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio
When: Saturday, March 31, 7:49 PM EST
Line: Villanova Wildcats (-5) vs Kansas Jayhawks (+5) – view all NCAA Basketball lines
TV Broadcast: TBS
Betting on the Villanova Wildcats – Final Four 2018
Point Spread: (-5)
There’s just no defense that Villanova respects. After passing the test against West Virginia, the Wildcats solved another elite defense in the Elite Eight, as they beat Texas Tech, 71-59, on Sunday. The Wildcats paraded their wide array of offensive weapons with five players scoring at least 11 points. Interestingly, the Wildcats finally got salty from long distance against the Red Raiders. After knocking down 44 threes in the first three games of the tournament on 47.8 percent shooting, the Wildcats went just 4-for-24 against the Red Raiders. That’s credit to Texas Tech’s defense, too, but the Red Raiders were doomed also by their bad job on the glass. The Wildcats owned TTU in the rebounding battle, 51-33, including 20 offensive rebounds. Wildcats forward Eric Paschall, who had a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds against the Red Raiders, will be very much needed by the Wildcats down low to contain Udoka Azubuike of the Jayhawks.
Betting on the Kansas Jayhawks – Final Four 2018
Point Spread: (+5)
Kansas relied mostly on the exploits of sophomore guard Malik Newman in a huge 85-81 win over Duke on Sunday, as the Jayhawks propel themselves to a spot in the Final Four. Newman torched the Blue Devils with 32 points, including all of Kansas’ 13 points in overtime, while three other Jayhawks scored in double figures. Kansas continues to bring the party outside, as they shot 13 three-pointers against Duke. That brings the Jayhawks’ total to 39 three-pointers in this tournament. They also have shot 41.2 percent or better in three of their last f our games. Kansas shot 36.1 percent on their threes against Duke. The Jayhawks will always try to knock down shots from long distance, and they are one of the few teams who could match Villanova’s firepower. The Jayhawks averaged 81.3 points per game on 49.5 percent shooting back in the regular season.
You heard it here first, Kansas defeats Villanova in a nail biter, 78-77.
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