Kansas vs. Villanova Pick
In a battle of top seeds, which one will advance to play for another national title when Kansas takes on Villanova in the Final Four tonight?
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Location: Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas
TV: TBS, 8:49PM ET
The opening line for this game had Villanova favored by 5 points as well. The spread was at 5.5 points for a short time before moving back to 5. The over/under total opened at 156 points but has been bouncing around all week and is now at 154.5.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is behind Kansas tonight. As of Saturday afternoon, the Jayhawks are getting 54 percent of the wagers on this game as the underdog against Villanova.
Both teams come into this game healthy, with nobody listed on the injury report for tonight’s contest.
Villanova has been pretty dominant in this run, as the Wildcats have beaten Radford (87-61), Alabama (81-58), West Virginia (90-78) and Texas Tech (71-59) while covering the spread in all four games. Nova is 26-12 against the spread this season and 17-8 ATS away from home. On a neutral floor, Nova has been averaging 83.7 per game on offense while allowing 64.9 per game on defense. Jalen Brunson is leading the Wildcats this year with 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Kansas has defeated Penn (76-60), Seton Hall (83-79), Clemson (80-76) and Duke (85-81, OT) to reach the Final Four. The Jayhawks were 2-2 against the spread. Kansas is now 20-16-1 against the spread on the season and 12-9 ATS on the road. The Jayhawks are averaging 77.6 per game on a neutral floor while allowing 69.6 per game on defense. Devonte’ Graham is leading Kansas this season with 17.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.
Villanova has looked like the best team in the tournament thus far, but Kansas has a tendency to play to its competitions. The Jayhawks have been very good as an underdog, going 4-1 against the spread and straight up. While I do think Nova is the better team, I think this game is going to come down to the wire. Kansas has the athletes to hang with Nova, and the Jayhawks will have a chip on their shoulder as an underdog.
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: KANSAS +5