The NCAA Tournament rolls in to the final week as only four team remain entering the Final Four on Saturday Night. Those four teams include the suprising #11 seed Loyola-Chicago who will face off against #3 seeded Michigan Wolverines. The second of the matchups tip off at 8:49pm ET as the #1 seeded Villanova Wildcats take on #1 seeded the Kansas Jayhawks.
For sports bettors each of these contests look like great matchups to take advantage of on Saturday. For me, we our turning our attention to the Wildcats and Jayhawks matchup. This a matchup that many sports betting experts will be keeping a close eye on after seeing an opening line with the Wildcats as a 4.5 point favorite.
As these two teams get set for their Final Four showdown their paths have been different through the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats have rolled delivering for sports bettors who selected them as their sports betting picks picking up double digit wins in each of their first four wins. Meanwhile the Jayhawks have had some difficult matchups since blowing out Penn to open up the tournament.
Now these two teams will face off on Saturday March 30th, 2018 with a trip to the National Championship on the line. Here are the keys to the Kansas Jayhawks and Villanova Wildcats matchup in the Final Four on March 30th, 2018 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Villanova Wildcats – Continue to Play Shut Down Defense
The Wildcats team has been solid on both sides of the floor posting over 70 points in all four of their wins including three contests over the 80 point mark. While they have used their scoring to blow out their opponents, their success has come on the defensive side of the floor holding three of their first four teams to 71 points or fewer. Along with stepping up on defense they out rebounded their opponents 31-22 on the defensive side of the glass limiting second chance scoring opportunities.
Kansas Jayhawks – Win the Glass
The Jayhawks have been a solid team all season rolling to an overall record of 31-7 showing their ability to shoot the ball, rebound and play good defensive basketball. On Saturday Night they will need to find a way to out rebound the Wildcats as they have shown their ability to out rebound their opponents to start the tournament. In their key win over the Blue Devils the Jayhawks not only outrebound the Blue Devils 47-32 but they picked up 17 offensive rebounds helping them not only stay in the contest but win in overtime.
Wildcats (-5.5) – 155.5
Saturday March 30th, 2018
Alamodome in San Antonio Texas
Villanova Wildcats Betting Trends
The Wildcats enter this contest red hot winners of nine of their last ten overall contests while rewards sports bettor with an impressive 7-3 mark against the spread. Despite that impressive mark the club has struggled on the road this season prior to the tournament covering the spread in just six of their 12 road contests. Along with that success the Wildcats have dominated against teams with a winning record covering the spread in 23 of their last 31 matchups while going 21-9 against the spread on Neutral Sites.
Kansas Jayhawks Betting Trends
Entering the NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks were on fire winning five of six matchups before winning four straight to land themselves in the Final Four. Despite the success the Jayhawks have covered the spread in just six of their last ten contests that said they have covered the spread in six of their last seven on the road. While they have struggled at times to cover the spread, the Jayhawks have been good against teams with a winning record going 9-2-1 over their last 12 contests while also going 5-2 at Neutral Sites.
Pick & Prediction – Kansas Jayhawks (Points) Free Sports Betting Analysis
As sports bettors look to take advantage of the NCAA Final Four it will be key to monitor the point spreads throughout the next 24 hours. In this matchup if the spread gets down to 2.5 you might swing to the Wildcats, as long as it stays above five you have to like the Jayhawks with points.