This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.
Villanova and Oklahoma were each ranked No. 1 in the polls at points this season, and while both squads entered the NCAA Tournament as No. 2 seeds in their respective regions, the Wildcats and Sooners found ways to reach the Final Four in Houston. The Wildcats used a combination of three-point shooting and stifling team defense, ultimately defeating No. 1 overall seed Kansas in a defensive battle in the Elite Eight. Meanwhile, Oklahoma rode its star player, senior Buddy Hield, to the school's first Final Four since 2002.
These two teams played earlier this season on Pearl Harbor Day in Hawaii, with Oklahoma crushing Villanova by 23 despite Hield shooting just 6 of 17 from the field. The Wildcats shot 4 of 32 from three, while the Sooners hit 14 of their 26 attempts. That being said, the game was more than three months ago and Saturday's game figures to be much closer.
Villanova Wildcats, South Region No. 2 Seed
Backcourt: Coach Jay Wright employs three-guard sets, stretching the floor with shooters while also using dribble penetration to get open looks from three-point range. The Wildcats have an extremely talented group of guards led by senior captain Ryan Arcidiacono. "Arch" is the heart and soul of the team, but the leading scorer is junior Josh Hart, a 6-foot-5 swingman who averaged 6.7 rebounds per game this season, seventh-best in the Big East. Freshman Jalen Brunson, son of former NBA point guard Rick Brunson, rounds out the starting trio. All