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Dream Matchup with Kansas vs. Villanova

Wayne Selden Jr Kansas Jayhawks NCAA March Madness

The Villanova Wildcats look for their first Final Four appearance since 2009 but the hottest team in the country is standing in their way. The No. 2 Wildcats have a date with the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks in the South Region in the second of two Elite Eight games Saturday night.

Shark Bites
  • Villanova is 17-3 SU in the last 20 games versus teams with a winning record.
  • Villanova is 1-4 ATS in its last five games versus the Big 12.
  • Kansas is 4-0 ATS in its last four neutral site games.

Both Villanova and Kansas have gone 3-0 against the spread through their first few games during March Madness. The Wildcats have an average margin of defeat of 24 points per game while the Jayhawks sit at 18 ppg.

Villanova thrashed the Miami Hurricanes 92-69 as 4-point faves Thursday night, marking the third-straight game the team has decimated the closing spread. Senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono seems to be improving with each game as he recorded 21 points in the win over Miami and is averaging 17 ppg entering Saturday’s contest.

The Jayhawks bring an impressive 17-game winning streak into Saturday’s game and have been an excellent bet as well, going 14-3 ATS over that stretch. They made quick work of the Maryland Terrapins in the Sweet 16, winning 79-63 as 5.5-point chalk Thursday.

Though the two rarely meet, Villanova has had the edge in the most recent head-to-head contests, going 3-1 ATS (2-2 SU) in the past four games versus Kansas dating back to 2004.

Villanova Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Villanova Wildcats have watched them go 32-5 and 19-17 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Kansas Jayhawks are at 33-4 and 24-11 ATS. In totals betting, the Kansas Jayhawks are 13-21-1, while the Villanova Wildcats have a 20-16 mark.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 20-rated Kansas Jayhawks and the No. 38-ranked Villanova Wildcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Kansas's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 81.89 PPG, against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 14 at 63.76 PPG. The Jayhawks field goal percentage has averaged 49.56% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.76% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Villanova cruised to victory on Thursday, running Miami out of the gym and running up a 92-69 score at KFC Yum! Center.

Kansas got 27 points from Perry Ellis en route to a 79-63 victory over Maryland on Thursday at KFC Yum! Center.