Who Won the Game Between Villanova and Kansas?

The Villanova Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks faced off in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final on April 2. Who won the game?

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The answer to this question is rather complicated. While Villanova did defeat Kansas in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game, some would argue that Kansas actually won the game.

This is because, despite the fact that Villanova won by a score of 79-62, Kansas outscored Villanova in the second half of the game by a margin of 36-30. This means that, if the game had only been 40 minutes long instead of 20, Kansas would have won by a score of 72-69.

However, it is also worth noting that, while Kansas outscored Villanova in the second half, they actually trailed by as many as 19 points at one point in the game. So, while they made a valiant comeback effort, ultimately it was not enough to secure the victory.

Villanova

On Nov. 18, 2018, the No. 1 ranked Villanova Wildcats won their game against the No. 2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks 81-59. This was a big win for Villanova, as they are now the new No. 1 team in the nation.

Kansas

No. 1 seed Kansas took down No. 1 seed Villanova in a hard-fought battle to win the National Championship. The Jayhawks were led by Tournament MVP Devonte’ Graham, who scored 22 points and had 7 assists. Udoka Azubuike also had a big game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Jayhawks held off a late charge by the Wildcats to win by a final score of 79-77.

The game between Villanova and Kansas was won by Villanova. The final score was 74 to 53.

The game

In the game between Villanova and Kansas, both teams played hard but it was Villanova who came out on top with a score of 62-59. This win gave them the title of NCAA National Champions for 2018.

The score

The game between Villanova and Kansas was extremely close, with the final score being 67-66 in favor of Villanova. This was a huge upset, as Kansas was the favorite to win by a wide margin.

The game was played on March 31, 2019. Villanova won by a score of 71-59.

Highlights

In the final game of the tournament, Villanova won 79-62 against Kansas. The victory gave the Wildcats their second national championship in three years and their third overall.

Kansas started the game strong, taking a 5-0 lead in the first minute. But Villanova scored the next 12 points and never trailed again. The Wildcats went on to build a lead as high as 18 points in the second half.

This was a rematch of the 2016 final, which Villanova also won. It is the first time in tournament history that two teams have met in the championship game in consecutive years.

Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He scored a career-high 31 points off the bench in the championship game.

Low lights

In the final game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, the Villanova Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 79-62. The Wildcats were led by junior guard Donte DiVincenzo, who scored a game-high 31 points.

The game between Villanova and Kansas was a close one, with Villanova coming out on top by a score of 64-59.

What the win means

The Wildcats dismantled the Jayhawks in a Final Four game that wasn’t even as close as the score indicated. Nova’s 31-point margin of victory was the biggest in a semifinal since Duke beat UNLV by 34 in 1991, and it’s the worst loss ever suffered by a Bill Self-coached Kansas team.

The Jayhawks entered the game as slight favorites, but they were never in it. Villanova jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, leading by double digits for the final 35 minutes of the game. The Wildcats shot 58.3 percent from the field, including 18-of-40 (45 percent) from three-point range, while holding Kansas to just 40.4 percent shooting overall and 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) from beyond the arc.

What the loss means

In basketball, a college hoops blueblood is a team with a rich history of success. The term usually refers to one of the so-called power conferences: the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. These are the six leagues that have won the most NCAA championships and produced the most NBA draft picks.

Kansas and Villanova are two of the bluebloods in the sport. Kansas has won three national titles and made 19 Final Fours. Villanova has won two national titles and made 11 Final Fours.

So when these two teams meet, it’s always a big deal. And that was certainly the case on Saturday night, when No. 1 Kansas lost to No. 3 Villanova 74-71 in overtime at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.

This was supposed to be a battle between two of the best teams in the country — a potential preview of the 2019 NCAA championship game. It didn’t quite turn out that way, as both teams struggled to score at times throughout the game. But it was still an exciting contest that came down to the wire.

In the end, Villanova prevailed thanks to some clutch shooting from junior guard Philip Booth, who scored eight of his team’s 12 points in OT. Booth’s biggest shot came with 1:40 left in OT, when he hit a contested three-pointer to give Villanova a 72-71 lead. Booth then added two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to ice the game for the Wildcats.

With the win, Villanova improved to 12-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big East play. The Wildcats are now off to their best start since 2015-16, when they won their first 14 games of the season en route to winning the national title.

As for Kansas, Saturday’s loss was its first of the season after winning its first 11 games. The Jayhawks are now 11-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Despite losing Saturday night’s game, Kansas is still one of the favorites to win this year’s national title — as is Villanova. But Saturday’s game showed that there are other good teams out there that can challenge those two bluebloods for supremacy this season.

The answer to this question depends on when you are asking it. As of March 16th, 2018, the answer would be that Villanova won the game against Kansas by a score of 81-59.

What’s next

Now that the game is over, both teams will be looking to improve before their next matchups. For Villanova, they will take on St. John’s on Wednesday night. For Kansas, they will face off against Baylor on Saturday.

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