Kansas Final Four Analysis – Here’s What You Need to Know About the Gritty Jayhawks
After suffering through some mid-season losses that had much-predicting gloom and doom for the perennially powerful program, top-seeded Kansas found their footing late in the regular season. The Jayhawks would go on to claim the Big 12 conference championship tournament and now they head into their Final Four matchup against similarly top-seeded Villanova coming off a string of gritty performances. If you’re looking to find out as much as possible about Kansas before they throw down against Villanova in their Final Four showdown, then you’ve come to the right place! Now, let’s get to my expert analysis on the title-hopeful Jayhawks.
No. 1 #KUbball 🆚 No. 1 Villanova
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 28, 2018
What: #1 Kansas Jayhawks (31-7) Vs. #1 Kansas Jayhawks (31-7)
When: Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 8:49:00 P.M. ET
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Stream: March Madness
The Line: Villanova -5 -110 | -245 | U155 -110
Kansas (31-7) is undoubtedly playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time, having won seven straight games and 12 of their last 13 games overall. The Jayhawks are one of the best offensive teams in the nation as they put up 81.4 points per game to rank 29th in scoring while shooting a blistering 49.3 percent from the field (12th) and 40.3 percent from beyond the arc (11th).
The Wildcats are also well-balanced with five players averaging double figures in scoring this season. Kansas has one of the steadiest point guards in the nation in senior floor leader Devonte’ Graham (17.2 ppg), a sure-fire first-round NBA draft pick in 7-foot sophomore center Udoka Azubuike (13.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 77.2% FG) and another player that looks like a next level performer in suddenly incendiary junior guard Malik Newman, a player that went off against Duke for 32 points in the Elite Eight while putting 28 on the board two games prior against Seton Hall.
Kansas was solid, if not overpowering defensively in allowing 71.3 points per game (149th) on 42.3 percent shooting from the field (74th) and 32.7 percent from beyond the arc (55th). The Jayhawks have reached the Final Four by smacking Penn around in their opener – and recording each of their last three NCAA Tournament wins by an identical four points.
The Jayhawks are 20-16-1 ATS this season and 19-17-1 O/U. Ironically, however, you may want to keep in mind that the Jayhawks have not won more than seven consecutive games this season which is the number of victories they’ll take into their Final Four matchup against Villanova.