The second game of the Final Four will take place on Saturday March 31st between No. 1 Villanova and No. 1 Kansas.
No. 1 Villanova played No. 3 Texas Tech and won 71-59 behind Jalen Brunson’s 15 PTS.
No. 1 Kansas played No. 2 Duke and won 85-81 behind Malik Newman’s 32 PTS.
Two Keys for a Villanova Victory:
1. Jalen Brunson needs to control the court and dominate on offense for the Wildcats. Brunson knows how to fake shots and uses it towards his advantage. Brunson also knows how to feel a game out and makes the passes and shots to lift his team to success. Often when the Wildcats succeed on offense Brunson knows where to pass the ball to continue the momentum.
2. Defense must stop Malik Newman on the perimeter. Newman scored 32 PTS against Duke and shot 42% from beyond the arc (5 for 12). Villanova is a very good perimeter defense team and each player on the roster is a qualified defender so everyone will get a chance to prove themselves against Newman. If Villanova can stop a red hot Newman than I believe it will be the difference maker in this matchup.
Two Keys for a Kansas Victory:
1. Devonte’ Graham is a terrific offensive as he can dominate both as a passer and as a scorer. Graham is just as athletic as Brunson and is a very good defender. His athleticism allows him to get back into transition and his eye for the sport allows him to find success. Graham must spread the ball and help create shots for both Newman and center Udoka Azubuike.
2. Udoka Azubuike is super athletic for his size as he stands at 6’10” 280 lbs. With his long arms Azubuike is the put back king. Azubuike has the ability to score with his back to the basket and is an incredible scorer when he is within 5 feet of the basket. If Azubuike can continue to dominate both with grabbing rebounds and dominating in the paint I believe Kansas has a shot to advance to the National Championship.
Villanova 78 – Kansas 70
Brunson will be the difference maker with his ability to create opportunities for offense. I also believe that because Villanova has such a nice perimeter defense that it will be hard for Kansas to bounce back.