The No. 2 Villanova Wildcats brought their A-game defensively and rode that plus clutch baskets to beat the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks 64-59 and punch a ticket to their first Final Four since 2009. Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins and Ryan Arcidiacono each had 13 points for Villanova, who will play Buddy Hield and No. 2 Oklahoma in Houston next weekend.
Kansas thus joined Oregon as the second No. 1 seed to fall tonight, as the Ducks fell to the Sooners shortly before Villanova tipped off. Star senior forward Perry Ellis was limited to four points and shot just 1 of 5 from the field, but that was not at all why the Jayhawks lost. Rather, it was due to 16 turnovers committed, including a key one by Frank Mason III with just six seconds remaining and Kansas down by three points.
As a result, Villanova hit two clutch free throws, and that’s all she wrote. Kansas has yet to make the Final Four since 2012, the same year the Jayhawks fell to Kentucky in the national championship game, while Villanova is chasing its first national championship in over 30 years.
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