For the first time in four years, the Villanova Wildcats are back in the Final Four. Luckily for them, their last trip this deep into the Big Dance resulted in their second national title since 2016. The Wildcats are well-positioned for yet another championship-winning run, but an imposing top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks squad stands in their way.
Nitrobetting is ready to dish out some timely assists to our bettors all throughout the March Madness season. This time, let’s highlight three keys to victory for the Villanova Wildcats in Saturday’s highly-anticipated 2022 March Madness Final Four matchup against the Kansas Jayhawks.
3 Keys for the Villanova Wildcats to Win 2022 Final Four Matchup vs. Kansas
A Statement Game from Collin Gillespie
Villanova plays unselfish basketball to a tee, but there’s no doubt that the heart and soul of the team is Collin Gillespie. The coveted senior guard is playing in his second Final Four, with his last appearance in this stage being Nova’s title-winning run in 2018 when he was still a freshman.
Gillespie leads all Wildcats players thi season with an average of 15.6 points per game (41 percent shooting from three-point range) and is capable of taking over a contest in a blink of an eye. He’ll need to take his game to a new level against the mighty Jayhawks, especially with Nova losing one key player in the starting rotation. Which leads us to…
Overcome the Loss of Moore
Gillespie’s fellow backcourt teammate, Justin Moore, is Villanova’s second-leading scorer for the season (14.8 PPG). Unfortunately, Moore tore his Achilles during his team’s win over Houston in the Elite Eight and will no longer be available for the remainder of the tournament.
Many experts are still confident that head coach Jay Wright will figure out a way to make up for Moore’s absence. After all, the Wildcats don’t have one superstar player carrying the brunt of the load on offense. That being said, are we about to see someone like Chris Arcidiacono – brother of 2018 championship roster standout Ryan – emerge as the next unheralded player to send Nova to yet another trip to the title game?
Stay Hot from the Charity Stripe
Villanova’s real claim to fame and success this season has been its astounding efficiency from the free-throw line. The team has converted 83 percent of its free-throw attempts this season; which is first in the nation and a distant 3.3 percentage points better than the next school on the list.
In turn, the Wildcats can adapt to playing a more physical brand of offense against the towering lineup of Kansas by drawing some timely fouls against the Jayhawks’ standout defenders in the paint. If Saturday’s Final Four showdown in the Big Easy goes down to a tight contest down the stretch with Nova up late, the defending Big East champion should be in good shape to close out the game with its prowess from the stripe.
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