No. 1 Kansas faces No. 2 Villanova in the Final Four of the 2022 men's basketball tournament Saturday.
The game is at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Tip off time still is to be determined, and the game will be televised on TBS.
Kansas (32-6) won the Midwest Region after a 76-50 victory against No. 10 Miami on Sunday. The Jayhawks are the last No. 1 seed left standing in this tournament. Kansas won its last national championship in 2008 after beating No. 10 seed Davidson, led by Steph Curry. Now. coach Bill Self and is favored to return to Augsburg Univ Texas vs. Oklahoma Rivalry shirt ersity clothes the championship game for the first time since 2012.
Villanova (30-7) advanced to the Final Four after winning the South Region. The Wildcats beat No. 5 Houston 50-44 in the Elite Eight and are looking for their third national championship since 2016 under coach Jay Davidson Wildcats Jerseys Wright. Villanova will be without Justin Moore, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the final minutes against the Cougars.
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There is history between these teams. The Wildcats have a 2-1 record in the NCAA tournament.
Here's everything to know about betting on Kansas vs. Villanova in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the Final Four matchup:
Kansas vs. Villanova odds
- Spread: Kansas -4
- Over/under: 132
- Moneyline: Kansas -170, Villanova +145
This is a line that could tick up between a half-point to a full point depending on what Moore's MRI reveals. Kansas is 5-1 S/U and 4-2 ATS this season when favored by less than five point Case Western Reserve University clothes s. Watch the betting trends at Sports Interaction.
Three betting trends to watch
— Hall of Famers Self and Wright have met head-to-head eight times. The Wildcats have a 5-3 head-to-head advantage against Kansas since 2004. Villanova held Kansas to under 60 points in four of those matchups.
— The Jayhawks have won nine straight games and are 6-3 ATS in those games.
— The Wildcats also have won nine straight games and are 6-3 ATS through that winning streak. Villanova is 9-5 ATS against non-conference opponents.
Final Four history
Villanova is making its seventh Final Four appearance. The Wildcats won their first national championship in 1985 in the first year of the expanded bracket era.
Jay Wright has led Villanova to four Final Four appearances, and the Wildcats won national titles in 2016 and 2018. Kansas is making its 16th Final Four appearance. Bill Self also has made four Final Four appearances.
Villanova beat Kansas 95-78 in the Final Four on March 31, 2018.
Kansas key players
The Jayhawks have a seven-man rotation led by Sporting News All-American guard Ochai Agbaji, who leads th Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry Gear e Jayhawks with 18.9 points per game. He had an all-around game against the Hurricanes that included five rebounds and four assists. Dajuan Harris (5.1 ppg) and Remy Martin (8.1 ppg) have split time at the point, and Christian Braun (14.6) is another scorer off the wing. The Jayhawks have a UNC vs. Duke Rivalry Jerseys n imposing front-court that includes Jalen Wilson (11.0 ppg), David McCormack (10.0 ppg) and Mitch Lightfoot (4.7 ppg) off the bench. It's a solid team that plays together.
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Moore’s injury is tough because Villanova had been using a six-man rotation in the tournament. New Orleans native Caleb Daniels, who averages 10.2 points per game, will slide into a starting role now. Seniors Collin Gillespie (15.6 ppg) and Jermaine Samuels (11.1 ppg) were freshmen on the Wildcats’ last national championship team. Eric Dixon (9.1 ppg) and Brandon Slater (8.3 ppg) are active in the front-court. Bryan Antoine and Chris Arcidiacono, each who average less than 10 minutes per game, will be asked to play more in this game.
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Best individual matchup: Ochai Agbaji vs. Jermaine Samuels
Agbaji moves well without the basketball, and he's going to be a challenge for Villanova's wings. Agbaji is unselfish, and he's only had one game with more than 15 shots in Kansas' nine-game win streak. He is 3 of 14 from 3-point range in the tournament. Samuels is enjoying an outstanding tournament for the Wildcats. He averages 17.8 points and is shooting 51% from the floor in the last four games. Samuels will have to shoot more with Moore out, but that shouldn't be a problem.
Kansas vs. Villanova stat to know
Both teams play great team defense. The Wildcats have limited opponents to 37.3% shooting from the floor with a deliberate defense that stems from a methodical offense. Kansas has been even better, with a defense that has limited opponents to a 34.1% shooting percentage. Those are numbers that suggest could be another defensive struggle if the 3's aren't falling.
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Braun, a 6-6, 205-pound guard, kick-started Kansas' second-half rally against Miami with with some fast-break plays that turned the momentum. Braun is a "glue guy" within the Jayhawks' starting five, and he's averaging 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in the Big Dance. He's the type or role player who can be a huge difference-maker in this game.
Kansas vs. Villanova prediction
Villanova's is 53 of 59 (90 percent) from the free-throw line in the tournament, and Kansas if 56 of 83 (67 percent). The Jayhawks need to shoot better from the line in this game, which could be ugly in spots. The Wildcats will need to make the adjustment without Moore, and look for the Jayhawks to try to push the tempo early. The Wildcats have not shot the 3-pointer well in their last three games, and Gillespie has to go off for them to have a chance. The Jayhawks' defense clamps down again in the second half, and that leads to a return to the national championship game.
In those eight head-to-head matchups, Kansas is 3-1 when it hits 70 points. That's the magic number the Jayhawks hit in this one.
Final score: Kansas 74, Villanova 69