Final Four preview: Villanova has many ways to beat Kansas

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"We just got here late last night", LaVallee says. He has to save his fouls, play smart, and understand that sometimes giving up a layup and staying in the game is better than fouling in certain situations. When the opportunity came for me to travel to come to the U.S.to play basketball and go to school, I didn't think twice about it. They are top-20 in three-point shooting percentage as well. But Vick's year has been nearly three separate seasons: the strong opening 13 games, a slide into the background during league play - and a resurgence.

That's the same Kansas they'll square off against Saturday night in San Antonio, following the battle between Sister Jean and the Wolverines when media darling Loyola of Chicago takes on MI. They're not very big so just like Villanova they struggle on the boards. They are fifth in the nation in scoring defense.


If they do that then they'll be right there at the end of the game. The Wolverines are the third best team in the country in terms of defensive efficiency and have kept their opponents below 1.0 points per possession throughout the tournament so far. Projected second round picks in senior Devonte' Graham (17 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists per game) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (14 points, 4 rebounds) carry the workload for the Jayhawks, while projected National Basketball Association lottery pick Mikal Bridges (18 points, 5 rebounds per game) and projected second rounder Jalen Brunson (19 points, 5 assists per game) spearhead the offense for the Wildcats. Look at this Villanova team, they're bombs away from three. (Point guard Devonte') Graham is good defensively. Ukoda Azubuike, the 7-footer from Nigeria, is a load in the paint and off the glass, but foul prone which the Wildcats will try to exploit. That's because Jay Jay came up with his own scouting report to beat Duke, and it's pretty damn spot-on.

Whatever game plan Kansas puts together they have to execute it otherwise they won't beat Villanova. But since they always preach focusing on the "next game" regardless of the opposition, they won't deal with that until the buzzer goes off Saturday. Freshman star and future lottery pick Marvin Bagley added 16 points and 10 rebounds in what could have been his final game for Duke (29-8), which fell shy its first Final Four trip since winning the national title in 2015. "You have to be able to adjust and the fact that we have had experience doing that is important".


"Boston was really good to us last time and I hope Texas is the same".


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