2 NOVA vs 2 OKLA
Time: 5:09 PM CT (TBS)
Spread: NOVA -2.5
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The Villanova Wildcats knocked off No. 1 seeded Kansas to advance to the Final Four. The Wildcats won 64-59 behind some great free throw shooting to close it out. Villanova hit 6 of 6 in the final minute and a balanced scoring attack that had four starters in double figures. Villanova will be 2.5 point favorites in its Final Four matchup with No. 2 seeded Oklahoma.
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Ryan Arcidiacono had a fine all around performance with 13 points, three rebounds and an assist. He was crucial in closing out the game and hit 6 of 7 from the line in the game. Arcidiancono had 21 points in the win over Miami and 30 points combined against Iowa and UNC Asheville. He has established himself as one of the most stable points in the tournament.
Six-foot-five junior guard Josh Hart struggled with his shot, hitting just 6 of 17 from the field en route to 13 points. He had shot 16 of 30 in the first three games of the tournament while scoring in double figures in two of the three games. Hart also had averaged three assists per game in the tournament, though he had none in the last game against Kansas. Hart led the team in scoring and rebounding with 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He also comes up with 1.3 steals/blocks per game.
Kris Jenkins averaged 13.5 points per game this season and he had 13 points, three assists and four rebounds against Kansas. He connected on 8 of 10 from the field for 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the win over Miami. He shot 18 of 27 (67 percent) through the first three games of the tournament. He averaged six three point field goal attempts thus far in the tournament. His 5 of 6 three point shooting was crucial against Miami and the Cats need him to play a lot more like that than his showing against Kansas where he hit just 3 of 10 from the field.
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For Oklahoma it is all about Player of the Year Buddy Hield. He had 37 points in the 80-68 win over Oregon, hitting 13 of 20 from the field while knocking down 8 of 13 from three point range. Hield averaged 25.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and two assists per game this season. Hield shot 50.4 percent from the field 46.5 percent from three and 88 percent from the line this season. He had 36 points in the second round win over VCU too, hitting 11 of 20 from the field and 6 of 14 from three. Hield has had 27 points or more in three of the four tournament games. He did not throw up a dud in his 17 point, 10 rebound performance against No. 3 seeded Texas A&M.
Six-foot-four senior guard Isaiah Cousins is also a key player. Cousins averaged 12.8 points, 4.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this season. He had 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds on 4 of 13 shooting against Oregon. It came following a 1 of 8 shooting performance against Texas A&M. He had 31 points in the first two games combined and he has connected on a three in all but the win over the Aggies.
Junior guard Jordan Woodard plays a significant role as well. He averaged 13 points, 3.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game this season. Woodard had 13 points on 3 of 8 shooting in the win over Oregon but was huge against the Aggies. In that Sweet 16 game he had 22 points, five assists and three rebounds while shooting 8 of 11 from the field and 5 of 6 from three. He shot 45.9 percent on threes this season while attempting 4.7 per game. He has connected on a triple in 11 straight games now. He also has shot above 50 percent from the floor in three of the past five games.