Villanova vs Kansas Prediction: Can You Trust the Underdog Wildcats?

Villanova is taking on Kansas in the Final Four. Can the Wildcats pull the upset and get to the final? Matt McCuen shares his picks and predictions for Villanova vs Kansas.
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Villanova vs Kansas Prediction: Can You Trust the Underdog Wildcats?

A pair of the most respected programs in college basketball will battle on Saturday for the rights to the national championship. This has been familiar territory for both of these teams throughout their storied history, and one of the two will add another finals appearance to their resume.

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Villanova vs Kansas Prediction

Jay Wright has been the most successful college basketball coach in the last ten years, as this will be his third final four appearances since 2016. This is a Villanova team that plays the right way for all forty minutes of the game. The intensity that they bring each and every night makes them one of the most challenging teams to knock off.

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The Wildcats did take a big hit when they beat Houston as star guard Justin Moore got injured. Moore will miss the rest of the season for the Wildcats. This means a short-handed Villanova team will have to come together in his absence and pull off this win. The Jayhawks had one of the best second halves of any team this season when they stormed back to crush Miami.

Kansas was down six points at the half but ended up winning the game by more than twenty points thanks to their defense. The Jayhawks held Miami to just fifteen points in the entire half. The Jayhawks have one of the best players in the nation in shooting guard Ochai Abaji, who had been a matchup nightmare for teams this season. Moore likely would have drawn the duty of guarding him on Saturday. This is set to be one of the best games of the season! 

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I am backing Villanova with the five points here. I understand the loss of Moore hurts this team, but I can’t believe we are getting five points with Jay Wright and this team in the final four. Kansas has been great in the tournament, I wouldn’t deny that, but they have had a fairly easy path here.

Villanova beat a Houston team who became the favorites to win the tournament showing how good their defense is. I believe they will play great defense here against Kansas and be able to provide enough on the offensive end to keep it close. This is an experienced roster with an experienced coach, so the moment will not be too big for them. I believe there is a good chance they win this game outright, but I am going to take the five points and run with it. 

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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