Kansas Runs Past Villanova to Get to the N.C.A.A. Final, Avenging a 2018 Loss

After beating the Villanova Wildcats 81-65 on Saturday night in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks advanced to the national championship game.

So far in the tournament, Kansas has been one of, if not the, most dominant teams. In fact, ever since March 3rd, the Jayhawks have won 10 consecutive games.

Kansas Runs Past Villanova to Get to the N.C.A.A. Final, Avenging a 2018 Loss

In the Elite Eight, it crushed Miami 76-50, sending the programme to its 16th consecutive National Championship game.

Villanova breezed through the first four games of the tournament, winning by an average of 11 points per game.

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Since losing on Feb. 5, head coach Jay Wright’s squad has gone 9-0 with 14 wins in their last 15 games.

There was no slow start for the Jayhawks in the first half. They built a 19-point lead, but Villanova closed to within 38-29 with 1:24 left in the first half.

In the first half, Kansas made as many three-pointers (seven) as Villanova did field goals (nine) (10). In the first half, Ochai Agbaji shot 4-for-4 from deep.

It Was Hard to Imagine a Worse Start for Villanova

Kansas got on the board first with 10 points, Villanova turned the ball over four times in a row, and Agbaji made his first four 3-point attempts.

The Wildcats called timeout after Kansas pushed its lead to 26-11 after Agbaji sliced through the defence and dished to McCormack for a rim-rattling slam a little over 10 minutes into the game.

When Agbaji first moved to Lawrence five years ago, nobody could have predicted the significant role he would play.

Since he did not even start for his Amateur Athletic Union team MoKan Elite, he came to Lawrence with the intention of becoming a good comrade and a role player.

He was one of the better players in Kansas City and an exceptional student. However, he has developed into much more than that, becoming a deadly jump shooter.

And an athletic wing who was named the Big 12’s player of the year in the most difficult conference in the country during the past few seasons. He was also named to the All-America first team.

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A tear was shed as Jermaine Samuels slung an arm across Collin Gillespie’s shoulder. Their time together at Villanova lasted five seasons, and they made it all the way to the Last Four in their final year.

It all came to an end for the Kansas Jayhawks on a Saturday night in the Superdome when they were both too fast and too rugged.

Winner of Monday’s game between Duke and North Carolina will face the lone No. 1 seed in this year’s Final Four.