A recap of the Kansas Villanova game, including a discussion of who won and what the final score was.
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When it happened
On March 31, 2019, the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team lost to the Villanova Wildcats in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The game was played at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. The Jayhawks were the number one seed in the Midwest region, while the Wildcats were the number three seed in the East region.
The Jayhawks entered the tournament as the favorite to win it all, while the Wildcats were seen as a dangerous upset pick. The two teams had met once before in the tournament, with Villanova winning that game handily.
Both teams played well in the first half, with Kansas taking a slight lead into halftime. In the second half, Villanova took control of the game and never looked back. They won by a final score of 71-59.
This was a huge upset, as Kansas was one of the favorites to win the whole tournament. It was also a big win for Villanova, as they advanced to their second straight Final Four.
What the final score was
The final score of the game was Kansas Jayhawks 63 and the Villanova Wildcats 62.
What happened leading up to the game
The game was a rematch of the 2016 national championship, in which Villanova defeated North Carolina on a last-second three-pointer.
Who was favored to win
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leading up to the game, Kansas was 11.5 point favorite to win according extrapolation from odds set by sportsbooks. Novanova had other plans as they went on to beat kansas by 7 points, with a final score of 71-63. donte diVincenzo lead the way for the wildcats, scoring 31 points while shooting 58.8% from 3 point range
How the teams had been doing leading up to the game
In the weeks leading up to the game, both the Kansas Jayhawks and the Villanova Wildcats had been playing well. Kansas had won seven of their last eight games, while Villanova had won six of their last seven. Both teams were confident going into the game, and it showed in their play.
As the dust settles and the final score is tallied, it’s time to take a step back and analyze what happened in the game. Who won? Who lost? What could each team have done better? Let’s take a look.
How the fans reacted
It was an evenly matched game throughout, but in the end, Kansas took home the victory with a buzzer-beating three-pointer. The fans were on their feet the whole game, but when the final shot went in, the Kansas fans went wild.
The Villanova fans were dejected, but they showed good sportsmanship by congratulating the Kansas players and fans. It was a thrilling end to a great game, and both sets of fans can be proud of their team’s performance.
What the players said
In the aftermath of top-seeded Kansas’ 71-65 upset loss to No. 5 seed Villanova in the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight on Saturday night, the Jayhawks’ locker room was understandably subdued.
“It hurts,” said senior guard Devonte’ Graham, who scored a game-high 27 points in his final collegiate game. “I wanted to go out a different way.”
“It’s just hard,” added junior guard Malik Newman, who had 12 points. “Our season was special. We accomplished a lot, but it just sucks that it had to end like this.”
“We just didn’t make enough plays,” said Kansas head coach Bill Self. “We had some wide open looks that we didn’t knock down, and then we didn’t execute as well as we needed to down the stretch.”
Villanova, meanwhile, was understandably jubilant after punching its ticket to the Final Four for the second time in three years.
“This is an amazing feeling,” said Wildcats junior guard Phil Booth, who scored a team-high 20 points. “I’m just so happy for our guys and our program.”
“It’s surreal,” added sophomore forward Mikal Bridges, who had 19 points. “I’m just speechless right now.”
What the coaches said
After the game, both coaches had high praise for their teams.
“I thought our guys played their hearts out,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “They gave everything they had. We just didn’t have enough at the end.”
Villanova coach Jay Wright was proud of his team’s composure in the face of a late Kansas run.
“We just kept our composure,” he said. “We made some big shots and big plays down the stretch. We knew we had to weather that storm and I thought our guys did a great job of that.”