By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Villanova Wildcats are back in the National Championship game for the second-time in a three-year span. The No. 1 seed Wildcats defeated the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks, 95-79, in the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The Wildcats improved to 35-4 on the season. Villanova tied a school record with their 35th win of the season, tying the 2016 National Championship team.
Villanova will face the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines in the National Championship game on Monday night in the winner-take-all game. The Wolverines are making their first National Championship game appearance since 2013 when they lost to the Louisville Cardinals.
Michigan became the first team in NCAA Tournament history, who did not face a Top 5 seed en route to the National Championship game.
Kansas, who won the National Championship the last-time the Final Four was in San Antonio, Texas, in 2008, ended their season with a 31-8 record.
The Jayhawks 16-point loss is tied for the third-largest defeat in Kansas NCAA Tournament history, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information. But it’s the largest loss in the tournament with Bill Self as head coach.
The Wildcats also made 18 three-pointers in the game. They set the record with 10 three-pointers in the first half.
The 18 three-pointers are the second-most in an NCAA Tournament game. But it’s the most three-pointers in a Final Four game.
Eric Paschall led the Wildcats with 24 points. He had three rebounds and three assists.
Paschal was one of six Villanova players, including the starting five, to score in double-figures. Jalen Brunson, the National Player of the Year, had 18 points, while Omari Spellman and Donte DiVincenzo scored 15 points each.
Mikal Bridges and Phil Booth scored 10 points each.
The Wildcats had 18 bench points. DiVincenzo scored 15 points off of the bench.
Devonte’ Graham led the Jayhawks with 23 points. He also had three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Graham was one of three Kansas players, who scored in double-digits. Malik Newman had 23 points, while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk added 10 points.
The Jayhawks had nine bench points. Silvio De Sousa led the bench with seven points.
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