Two storied college basketball programs with decades of March Madness success will tip off on Saturday afternoon when the Villanova Wildcats take on the Kansas Jayhawks.
Whoever reigns supreme here gets to face the winner of the Duke-North Carolina game in the championship final, to be played Monday night.
This matchup was somewhat predictable given it comes down to a contest of #1 (Kansas)- and #2 (Villanova)-seeded teams. In recent years, Villanova has been a powerhouse at this stage of the tourney. The Wildcats have claimed two of the last five national championships.
Spreads.ca lists the Jayhawks at -4 favourites. The O/U is 133.
This game will be played at the Superdome in New Orleans. The tip-off at 5:09 pm CT.
OPINION (powered by pointspreads.ca):
In a matchup with so many factors, we usually don't focus on injuries, but that could be the tipping point.
Villanova is already thin on depth and now is even more razor-thin after losing their second-leading scorer Justin Moore to an injury in the Elite Eight. So, KU has a clear depth advantage.
When Kansas turns up the heat, they might be unbeatable. In their last game, KU overcame a halftime deficit and ended up destroying Miami by outscoring them 47-15 in the second half.
The Jayhawk's depth pays off here again and should close down the stretch, covering the spread.
The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games went a decisive 11-1 to the UNDER, which means recent games have been totaled too high.
While this total is sitting at a very low 133, we still lean towards the UNDER.