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The stage is finally set. Four tickets have been punched. We finally will get to witness who shows out when the bright lights is on or who will fold on the nation's biggest stage. The Final four in San Antonio, Texas will be the final location to the most unpredictable, most wackiest NCAA tournament in history. Three perennial powerhouse and a cinderella. As Loyola-Chicago is just one game away from continuing their history making run, it's the opposite side of the bracket that fans should be pay attention towards. Let's just say….it's the “real” national championship game matchup.
On Sunday, both #1 seeds were able to sneak away with tough victories to land a trip to Texas. Villanova was able to make up for their disappointing shooting by serving up an extra dose of gritty and intense play to knock off Texas Tech. Meanwhile, Kansas's hot late shooting from Malik Newman ousted Duke in which it ended the collegiate career of this generation's most “controversial” and “hated” Blue Devil since Christian Laettner in Grayson Allen. Now the stage is set. Nova vs Kansas. Two powerhouses who have been to the grandest stage of them all and have cut down the nets. The Jayhawks have a plethora of talent in which Coach Self has them trained well to dictate the pace of the game. Meanwhile, you have the experience and outstanding coaching of Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats. An explosive squad who has veteran experience from their championship run two years ago, has a core that can run any and everyone out the gym.
If the Jayhawks can some how make this contest and 4-6 point game, Nova will be in trouble as gamebreakers such as Malik Newman and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk can heat up at any given moment. Some key matchups will play a major rolse as the battle of the Naismith finalist can dictate who will land the final haymaker between Devonte Graham and Jalen Brunson. The frontcourt battle should be a good one as Udoka Azubike will have his hands full dealing with Nova's Eric Paschall. The ex factor of Nova moving on may be Mikail Bridges. The 6"7 combo forward is bound to give the Jayhawks matchup fits as he is able to get a bucket during crunch time.
Overall, this is Villanova's game to win and to become one step closer towards capping off an successful redemption year. With Jay Wright leading the charge on the sidelines, Brunson and Paschall will be too much to handle for Kansas. Expect the Wildcats to win the big game that should be considered the national championship. Get ready to party in Philly as the Wildcats will be the 2nd sports team to bring a championship back to the city of Brotherly Love this year.