Loyola-Chicago, Kansas the underdogs on Final Four betting lines

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Loyola-Chicago, Kansas the underdogs on Final Four betting lines

So the nucleus of this Villanova team has been here, done that. Malik Newman looks like the best player in the tournament right now.

The Wildcats soared to the top of the AP Top 25, earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and won another Big East Tournament title without a senior on the roster.

The Kansas Jayhawks are the embodiment of the modern basketball team by winning big with a small line-up. They love to shoot the 3 ball, and they're pretty proficient at it.

Both games are on TBS. But since they always preach focusing on the "next game" regardless of the opposition, they won't deal with that until the buzzer goes off Saturday. There isn't really a weakness to this Villanova team.

Villanova opened the tournament as +450 favourites on the March Madness odds, and now sit as even-money chalk to claim their third-ever national championship.

As the Wildcats prepare for Saturday's Final Four semifinal against Kansas at the Alamodome, ponder this roll call of coaches whose programs have not reached 30 wins in four straight seasons. They have made third-seeded MI an early favorite over the 11th-seeded Ramblers and figure Villanova should handle Kansas in a more conventional matchup of No. 1 seeds.

By serendipity, I happened to be on the LUC campus to give the John F. Grant talk in bioethics at LUC when the team returned after making the Sweet 16.

Crashing the boards could be a pivotal factor that turns the game in Villanova's favor. Granted they did dominate the glass against Duke, which was probably the most shocking part about that game.

But just as they did against the Red Raiders, Villanova shot just 4-for-18 from beyond the arc that day in Louisville and only 21-for-52, 40.4 percent overall.

While Stamper is not able to actually play with his team, that has not stopped him from being a full-time contributor. They'll have a good shot with the assistance of their backcourt and adaptability of their post players. Azubuike fouled out in his last two games and had four fouls in KU's second-round win against Seton Hall. The Cardinal's stars will undoubtedly step up as they attempt to advance to the championship game.

Center Moritz Wagner has been playing phenomenal as he averages 14.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Top overall seed Virginia loses by 20 in the opening round to UMBC, and Nebraska beats Final 4 bound MI by 20 back in January at PBA.

Villanova junior Jalen Brunson joined a prestigious list of players who have been named The Associated Press men's college basketball player of the year. Despite shooting a season-low 33.3 percent of the floor and hitting just four three-pointers, the Wildcats limited the Red Raiders to 33.3 percent shooting and outrebounded them, 51-33. "They do a lot of jump fakes and all that stuff, so just stay on my feet, play defense and move my feet".

Needing more room for an ankle brace, Wagner is forced to wear solid black Air Jordan 11 Retros rather than the newest blue and maize Nike sneakers that his teammates have. Bagley had probably one of his "worst" games of the season that night. And, if Kansas wins, Monday's title game as well. The Wildcats are simply too good for Kansas to have mental lapses on both ends of the court.

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