Jayhawks pound Wildcats 81-65, Kansas to play title against North Carolina on Monday

The Final Four was played this Saturday evening and Blue Devils, Tar Heels, Jayhawks and Wildcats were fighting for a place in the final. Who to succeed Baylor at the top of the university hierarchy? We have our two candidates.

# Scores

North Carolina – Duke : 81-77
Kansas – Villanova : 81-65

# the games

North Carolina – Duke : it was the main event of the night and the legendary poster of the NCAA did not disappoint. At the end of a meeting with a knife between the two prestigious universities, it is indeed UNC which joins the final. The hero of the Tar Heels is once again Caleb Love, author of 22 of his 28 points in the second half and above all indispensable in the money time with a big bomb that offers the +4 at 30 seconds of the ringtone and a beautiful blood -cold on the line to finish the job. No final therefore for Duke and Paolo Banchero, no glorious outing for the no less glorious Coach K, who stops his Last Dance against his old rival, the same one who had already ruined his last at home. To find the complete recap of this meeting, we have slapped you a nice paper right here.

Kansas – Villanova : if the other semi-final had the air of a thriller, this one was more like a beating. It must be said that Villanova did not have the weapons to return the blows. Deprived of Justin Moore, the team’s second-highest scorer and injured Achilles tendon, the Wildcats folded in the face of Kansas’ strike force. Between the construction carried out inside by David McCormack (25 points, 9 rebounds, 10/12 in shooting) and the long-range pounding of the snipers, in particular a Ochai Agbaji on fire (6/7 from the parking lot), Villanova does not could keep up. The 10-0 early in the game announced the color and the Jayhawks managed to push up to 19 points in the first half. The Wildcats will then embark on a game of stragglers, making up for their delay piece by piece. With only 6 points difference six minutes from the end of the match, the suspense was complete, but Christian Braun will take heat at the right time to destroy the last hopes of Villanova and ensure a quiet end to the match.

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# declas

Mike Krzyzewski (coach Duke) “I always wanted my seasons to end when my team cried either tears of joy or tears of sorrow, because then you knew they had given their all. » […] “I can only be proud of them. I love the team, it has been a joy for me every day. »

Hubert Davis (coach North Carolina) “I felt like for the past two or three years, there wasn’t a lot of talk about North Carolina. North Carolina should never be left out. The team should be the center of attention, with the spotlight on them. »

Bill Self (coach de Kansas) : “I think we were ready to play and it was a bit of the opposite scenario compared to 2018 (defeat against Villanova). We didn’t miss anything at the start of the game, and we built up a good lead. And we knew Villanova was going to have a run, and we just held on and responded. I think we played well, we were disciplined defensively. »

Jay Wright (coach de Villanova) “They played well, they were well prepared and they really executed their plan. No matter what we didn’t do well, and there were a number of things, we want to make sure they get the credit they deserve. They played a great game tonight. »

# the final

Kansas – North Carolina : it will take place this Monday, still at the Superdome. It’s the first final for Kansas in exactly ten years and the Jayhawks will be looking to claim a fourth national title after the last in 2008. The Tar Heels, meanwhile, were on the top step of the podium in 2017 but it’s was then Roy Williams who was the head of UNC. Successor to the triple champion, Hubert Davis is currently doing a remarkable job with an NCAA final for his first season as a big boss. Kansas leads the head-to-head game with 4 wins and 2 losses in March Madness games. However, the two teams only faced each other once in the final of the tournament and it was… UNC who won. It was 1957 and it was the first title in Tar Heels history!

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# highlights

The Final Four has delivered its verdict and it is Kansas and North Carolina who will try to snatch the title on Monday! The NCAA season verdict has never been closer!

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