If there is such a thing as a dynasty in college basketball, it’s likely the Villanova Wildcats. Nova heads to their third Final Four since 2016. The last couple of times the Wildcats made it to the Final Four, in 2016 and 2018, Villanova cut down the nets. Is another net cutting ceremony in Nova’s future?
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Are the Villanova Wildcats a Safe Bet in the Final Four?
2022 Villanova Wildcats Analysis
The Villanova Wildcats rely on a stingy defense and a half-court offense led by one of the top point guards in the nation. First, let’s discuss the Nova D. During the NCAA Tournament, one team has scored more than 60 points versus Villanova. The Ohio State Buckeyes scored 61 in a 71-61 Villanova victory. The Wildcats held Ohio State to 42% shooting from the field and 32% shooting from three. In Nova’s 50-44 Elite Eight win over Houston, the Cougars shot 30% from the field and 5% from three.
On offense, the Wildcats put the ball in Collin Gillespie’s hands. Gillespie is both Nova’s top scorer at 15.6 points per, and top assists player at 3.3 per. Gillespie’s backcourt mate, Justin Moore, averages over 15 points per game. So if Gillespie is having a bad shooting night, Moore picks it up. Ed Dixon and Jermaine Samuels control the paint. Both are more than capable of having big scoring nights if required.
Coaching wise, it doesn’t get better than Jay Wright. The Nova head coach has become one of the best not only in the nation but also in history. He’s already won two National Championships. Saturday is Wright’s fourth Final Four appearance.
Odds on Villanova to Win the 2022 National Championship
Villanova’s odds to win the National Championship stand at +450. At the odds, Nova is a solid third choice to cut down the nets. Duke is the favorite at +160. Kansas is second choice at +180. Based on the odds, Villanova is an attractive play. If you believe Nova beats Kansas, then consider putting a few bucks on them to win the title. The +450 odds are more than fair.
Villanova Wildcats Prediction
On paper, Villanova doesn’t have the talent to compete with Kanas, The Jayhawks are loaded and have a much deeper bench. So, really, Villanova should lose on Saturday. But the odds make Nova more than playable to beat the Jayhawks. The reason? Jay Wright’s squad brings the top defense in the Final Four to the court. Villanova is good enough to force Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina into a bad shooting night. If that happens, Villanova will have a shot to win the National Championship. Based on the odds, Nova is the best bet on the board to cut down the nets on Monday night.
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