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Final Four 2022: Kansas survives Villanova to advance to national title game


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Kansas beat Villanova Saturday night 81-65 to advance to the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship.

This is the first national title game the Jayhawks are scheduled to appear in since 2012. Kansas has not won a national title since 2008. The team awaits the winner of the game Duke and North Carolina in the other game of the Final Four, who was to play next at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

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Kansas goaltender Remy Martin celebrates after scoring against Villanova in the first half of a college basketball game in the semifinals of the Men’s Final Four NCAA Tournament, Saturday, April 2, 2022, at New -Orleans.
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Kansas went wire to wire for the win. The Jayhawks took an 11-point halftime lead and never looked back. The Jayhawks built up a 19-point lead at one point and were able to hold off a late Wildcats run.

The Jayhawks shot 53% from the floor and 54% from beyond the arc. The team beat Villanova 35-28. Both stat categories have proven to be among the big game changers.

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David McCormack, who landed a big dunk in the second half against Villanova defenders, led the way for the Jayhawks with 25 points and nine rebounds. He was 10 of 12 on the field.

Final Four 2022: Kansas survives Villanova to advance to national title game

Kansas big man David McCormack celebrates with his team during the Final Four against Villanova on April 2, 2022.
(AP Photo)

Kansas’ offense was buoyed by Ochai Agbaji’s 21 points and Jalen Wilson’s 11 points. Christian Brown also added 10 points. Wilson finished with 12 rebounds and five assists in his stat line. Remy Martin, who had been a spark plug on the bench, was only held to three points.

Charles Barkley, who was a host during the national championship at the time, was impressed with what he saw from Kansas. He said that despite an average performance from some guys, he thought Kansas would “win a national championship.”

Final Four 2022: Kansas survives Villanova to advance to national title game

Villanova’s Collin Gillespie (2) drives to the basket past Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot during the first half of a college basketball game in the semifinals of the Men’s Final Four NCAA Tournament, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in New Orleans.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Obviously, that remains to be seen.

Collin Gillespie led the way for Villanova with 17 points. Brandon Slater had 16 and Caleb Daniels, who warmed up in the second half, had 13 points and five rebounds. Villanova will be denied another national championship appearance.

Final Four 2022: Kansas survives Villanova to advance to national title game

Kansas forward David McCormack celebrates after scoring against Villanova in the first half of a semifinal college basketball game at the Men’s Final Four NCAA Tournament, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Nova Scotia. Orleans.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Kansas, which is the last remaining No. 1 seed in the tournament, lost in 2012 to Kentucky. The team beat Memphis over time in 2008 to win their third national title.

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