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Jayhawks, Ramblers take strong underdog betting trends into Final Four

30 March, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • March Madness ends with intrigue of Loyola-Michigan, Kansas-Villanova (video)

Grandpa might tell you UCLA or IN should still be IN the mix.

Self had called his team soft earlier in the year.

Kansas will face its own challenge as it attempts to put aside its dramatic 85-81 overtime victory over Duke in the Elite Eight. The most by any program over a four-year span. While each team is talented in many areas, both Kansas and Villanova rely heavily on their star power on the perimeter.

- 6. Sweet 16s under coach Jay Wright.

Villanova, meanwhile, is arguably the favorite going into the Final Four.

Loyola's side includes Shams Charania - the preeminent reporter of The Vertical - as well as Jeff Hagedorn and Jerry Harkness, who was a member of the 1963 Loyola national championship team. It's the expected cost of the renovation funded by donors of Villanova's on-campus arena when it reopens next season. That's going to activate their offense, especially the ball movement.

"She knew, based on the situation back home, it wasn't conducive for me", Azubuike said.

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The Wildcats were the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament's East regional this year after a second-place finish in the Big East standings.

This was college basketball at its best - two blue bloods trading blows for 45 minutes in what was arguably the best game of the tournament so far, one that featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties. The Wildcats have swept aside every team that's crossed their path on the way to San Antonio and the likes of Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo and Jalen Brunson could prove impossible to stop. "I think we did that".

The 2016 team trumps the underdog '85 champs that shocked the sport for best in Nova history.

They entered the tournament second in the nation in the polls and now have three players in ESPN's top 50 prospects for the upcoming draft.

If the Jayhawks win Saturday, Allen Fieldhouse will be open again for the championship game, which is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Monday. "It's a totally different dynamic than the '16 team and I like it".

SAN ANTONIO - Loyola-Chicago's run to the Final Four has taken another wild turn, as members of the team got the chance to meet Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, who encouraged the Ramblers to "win it" ahead of Saturday's national semifinal matchup against MI.

"No one thought we could make it, but I know the kind of group of guys that I compete with and they are tough and hard-nosed", Newman said.

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