Villanova rolls past Kansas in Final Four

Villanova forward Omari Spellman celebrates during the first half the Wildcats' Final Four game against Kansas

Villanova forward Omari Spellman celebrates during the first half the Wildcats' Final Four game against Kansas

Bill Self's exasperated and nearly helpless reactions said everything about why Kansas' latest Final Four trip would last only one game.

The Wildcats also set a Final Four record by launching 40 attempts from 3-point range (and making 18) in the semifinal game. One was a 59-55 Villanova win in the second round in 1985, part of the Wildcats' ride to the title. Phil Booth and Mikal Bridges each tallied 10. The Wildcats' first bucket of the half was a three off the hands of Eric Paschall, which began a 7-0 VU run that pushed its lead to 20 points, 54-34, less than four minutes into the final stanza.

The Wildcats were one of the most proficient 3-point shooting teams during the regular season and upped the 3 ante in the NCAA Tournament, knocking down a record 65 and counting.

Scoring could be a bit tougher for Villanova against MI, which has held three of its NCAA Tournament opponents under 60 points with discipline, length and intelligent challenges on jump-shooters. From here on out, the margin more or less hovered around 20 points.

"It taught us all that we have to be more cognizant of the things we can control and not to take shortcuts on the little details, like how you get through screens and those type of things", Yaklich said.

"Actually it has happened to us". Put simply, it just doesn't have the offense to win a game against Villanova when the Wildcats are firing on all cylinders. Villanova is third in the country in 3-pointers made per game at 11.6.

Villanova remains scorching hot from the three-point line in the second half.

"I just think we did a good job of being ready to catch and shoot", junior guard Jalen Brunson said.

Silvio De Sousa (7 points and 7 rebounds in 10 minutes) really gave Kansas a spark in the first half when they desperately needed it.

Seven different players made three pointers in the first half.

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"It just feels good", Paschall said.

"But it was as tough a locker room as I've seen because they believed they belonged and they believed like they wanted to advance", Moser said.

Devonte Graham led Kansas with 23 points.

Both teams possess similarities, as they have a strong collection of guards and big men who are able to knock down shots from the perimeter. "Whether or not it's a game we were really never in or a game that you lose on the last possession, it still ends abruptly".

Since 1983, Mark Herrmann has coveredBrookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton on the news side, and high schools, the Islanders, the Mets and golf for Newsday sports.His assignments have includedthe Olympics, March Madness, the Triple Crown, Stanley Cup, Super Bowl and World Series.

Villanova broke a #FinalFour record with its 14th three-pointer of the game. They done better twice, making 19 against Saint Joseph's on December 2 and against Creighton on February 1.

After weeks of hard-fought basketball, there are only two teams left fighting for the NCAA Tournament title: MI and Villanova.

MI has had a great season and very much deserves to be in the national title game, but Villanova has been the best team in college basketball for most of the season.

The national championship game is set.

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