Final Four Preview: Villanova vs. Kansas

Final Four Preview: Villanova vs. Kansas

This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.

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Villanova Wildcats, East Region No. 1 Seed

Backcourt: Guards lead the way for the Wildcats, who rank first in offensive efficiency and second in effective field goal percentage per KenPom, and 15th in 3-point shooting at 40.0 percent. Jalen Brunson (19.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.6 apg) is the team's leading scorer, while Mikal Bridges (17.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apg) is the team's 1b option. Donte DiVincenzo (12.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Phil Booth (10.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 apg) round out a four-man rotation. DiVincenzo is the "worst" free throw shooter of the quartet, connecting at a 71 percent clip, making it difficult for teams to come from behind in late game situations as the 'Cats don't miss many freebies. Their ability to rebound is less talked about, but arguably as important as their perimeter shooting abilities, as glass work is a true team effort.

Frontcourt: Not strong in numbers, Villanova's front court is essentially a two-man rotation of Omari Spellman (10.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and Eric Paschall (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.2 apg). Both stand at 6-foot-9 and hover around 250 pounds, giving the 'Cats some bulk down low. Depth is an obvious concern, even with Villanova often running four-guard sets. While cold shooting helped explain some of Texas Tech's second half success in the Elite 8, a large portion of their surge after halftime came with Spellman on the bench due to foul trouble. To Villanova's favor is that Kansas also plays a four-guard

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