With the Villanova Wildcats Final Four game scheduled against the Kansas Jayhawks, all eyes will be on this well-rounded two seed to perform at a high level. Ahead of the Wildcats-Jayhawks game, we'll be making our bold Final Four predictions. As the Wildcats inch closer to their third national title since 2016, they'll be looking to outplay a scorching hot Jayhawks team.
Now that the Jayhawks also have their sights set on the national championship, the Wildcats will have to be on their A-game. In an all-out effort to knock off the top-seed, the Wildcats will come firing right out of the gate. Nevertheless, we'll now take an in-depth look at three bold predictions for this thrilling showdown.
3 Bold Predictions for Villanova's Final Four Showdown vs. Kansas
3. The Wildcats will find a way to prevail in Justin Moore's absence
The loss of Justin Moore was a huge blow to Villanova's title hopes, but all is not lost for the Wildcats. Even with Moore set to miss the rest of the tournament with a torn achilles, they still possess a deep and reliable guard rotation. With players like Collin Gillespie, Bryan Antoine, and Chris Arcidiacono in the mix, the Wildcats have a few team-oriented facilitators who can make up for the void being left by Moore.
If we've learned anything during the NCAA tournament, it's that this Wildcats squad is a resilient bunch. As they work tirelessly to make another run at the championship, backcourt production will be key to their success. Even in Moore's absence, there's no doubt that they'll be able to hold their own and prevail against the Jayhawks.
2. Villanova will play smothering defense against Kansas
Having talents like Eric Dixon, Brandon Slater, Jermaine Samuels, and Trey Patterson in the fold gives them the size, length, and depth to disrupt the passing lanes all game long. This will be critical for them when going up against the firepower of the Kansas Jayhawks. Between their rim protection, defensive tenacity, and dominance on the boards, Villanova will be able to have their way with Kansas this weekend.
There's no doubt that the Wildcats' skill, will, and laser focus have all played a major part in their success on the defensive end. Given what's at stake this Saturday, it won't come as any surprise to see the Wildcats slow down the Jayhawks' high-powered offense. In this winner-take-all matchup, the Wildcats will be bringing the heat on defense.
1. The Villanova Wildcats will beat the Kansas Jayhawks to advance to the NCAA Final
Led by a brilliant basketball mind in Jay Wright, the Villanova Wildcats are in prime position to overtake Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks. This will give them an opportunity to earn their third championship trophy since 2016. Currently firing on all cylinders, the Wildcats will be poised and ready to handle whatever the Hawks throw their way on Saturday night.
This will also add to the legendary coaching resume of Wright, who's developed a knack for winning on the biggest stage during his time in Villanova. You never know what could happen during March Madness, but with the way things are looking right now, it'd be strange to think the Wildcats will take their foot off the gas – especially with them being so close to the finish line.