Kansas cruises to 81-65 win over Villanova in Final Four

Sunday, April 3, 2022
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In the Final Four‚ Kansas dominated Villanova in a classic three-point shootout. The Jayhawks raced out to a 19-point lead in the first half‚ and Villanova couldn't keep pace. In a rematch of last year's semifinals‚ Kansas' Collin Gillespie scored a career-high 25 points. Ochai Agbaji hit five threes and finished with 13 points. David McCormack scored 25 points‚ while Ochai Agbaji added 21. The Jayhawks raced out to a big early lead‚ and Villanova couldn't get closer. However‚ David McCormack muscled up for 25 points‚ and Christian Braun hit a key 3-pointer late in the game. In a rematch of the 2018 Final Four‚ Kansas is favored to take home the National Championship. Kansas dominated Villanova on the glass‚ hitting 26 3-pointers and setting a Final Four record. Ochai Agbaji's 10-point performance helped the Jayhawks build a 19-point cushion early in the game and then held off a late Villanova run. It is the third time in four years that Kansas has beaten Villanova in the Final 4. They will play in the Elite Eight for the first time since the last NCAA Tournament. The final score was 81-65. The Jayhawks shot a season-high 59 three-pointers in the game‚ a Final Four record. The Jayhawks' defense kept the Wildcats from a deep postseason run. The Jayhawks had a lot of big men in the paint‚ including senior guard David McCormack with 25 points. Despite the Pandemic‚ Kansas is a worthy winner in the Final Four. David McCormack and Ochai Agbaji each scored 20 points‚ while Ochai Agbaji hit six 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 21 points. The Kansas fans were overwhelmingly excited and elated to see the Jayhawks advancing to the NCAA Final Four. Villanova made 26 3-pointers in the Final Four‚ setting the tournament record for three-point shooting in the Final Four. The Wildcats had depth problems throughout the tournament‚ and their star forwards were forced to go to the floor. Still‚ Kansas's depth allowed it to win the game. In the Finals‚ Kansas dominated Villanova's 3-point shooting contest. The Big 12 champions were defeated by a team from the ACC in the first round of the Final Four. In the semifinals‚ the Wildcats had a better chance of beating the ACC champs‚ but Villanova still needed to shoot better to advance to the Final Four. The Kansas offense had to make more 3-pointers to beat the West in the Finals. In the Finals‚ the Kansas Jayhawks are back in the national championship after a thrilling battle with Villanova. The Wildcats had won the previous game at the Alamodome in 2018‚ but were outmatched by the Jayhawks. In the second game‚ they dominated the Wildcats in a 3-point shooting contest. Afterwards‚ the Blue Devils had a chance to win the national title for the third consecutive year. Despite the loss‚ Kansas has made the Final Four. They have beaten Villanova in the Alamodome‚ but the Big Ten had a tough time with depth issues. The Jayhawks were down to three players in Moore's senior season‚ and they are now up to eight players‚ and the Jayhawks are still ranked No. 1 on the all-time list of Division I schools. During the 2018 playoffs‚ the Blue Devils won their first-ever title. Despite the loss to Villanova‚ the Jayhawks will have the chance to play in the Final Four again in the same Superdome. Self's 75th NCAA Tournament game is tied with Izzo's career-high for most games won. Besides‚ it will be the first time that the Jayhawks play in the Final Four on the same floor as the 2012 title game.