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Preview: No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 1 Kansas

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In a battle of the Blue Bloods, the No. 1 seed Villanova Wildcats will face the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks in the Final Four in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will tip off at 8:49 pm EST.

The winner of this game will face the winner of the first Final Four contest featuring No. 11 Loyola-Chicago and No. 3 Michigan.

Jalen Brunson speaks to Villanova head coach Jay Wright during the Final Four practice (Getty Images)

Jalen Brunson speaks to Villanova head coach Jay Wright during the Final Four practice (Getty Images)

The Wildcats come into this game with a 34-4 record. The Jayhawks have a 31-7 record.

According to Covers.com, the Jayhawks have a 58% chance to win this game in their public poll. Their expert poll; however, is giving Kansas a 52% chance to win this game.

Villanova has won the last two games in this series. Their last meeting came in the 2016 NCAA Tournament when the Wildcats won 64-59 from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Wildcats also defeated the Jayhawks on Nov. 29, 2013, when they won 63-59 at Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort, Nassau, Bahamas.

Kansas has not won in this series since March 28th, 2008 when they won 72-57. In the last five games, Villanova leads 3-2.

Villanova has won nine straight games. They have not lost a game since Feb. 24, 2018 when they were defeated by the Creighton Bluejays 89-83 in overtime.

Kansas also has a lengthy win streak, as they have won seven straight games. They have not lost a game since March 3, 2018 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 82-64.

The Wildcats are averaging 86.6 points per game. They are allowing opponents 64 points per contest.

The Jayhawks are averaging 81.4 points per contest. However, they are allowing opponents to score 74 points per game.

Jalen Brunson, the National Player of the Year, is leading the Wildcats with 19.2 points per game. Omari Spellman is averaging 7.8 rebounds per contest.

Brunson is also averaging 4.6 assists per game.

Devonte Graham is leading the Jayhawks with 17.2 points per game. Udoka Azubuike is averaging 7.1 rebounds per game.

Graham is also averaging 7.3 assists per game.

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