1 seeds Kansas, Villanova meet in national semifinal

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Michigan, in the national championship game for the first time since 2013, likely won't be favored heading into Monday night, but the Wolverines do have momentum.

Villanova moved within a win of another title, sinking a Final Four-record 18 3-pointers, while cementing itself as the most-prolific 3-point-shooting team in college history in a 95-79 runaway over Kansas.

Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (1) drives past Kansas guard Malik Newman during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in San Antonio.

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas set the opening line for the championship game favoring Villanova by 5 1/2 points, and gamblers quickly pushed that to 6 1/2 points by backing the Wildcats.

MI had the nation's No. 3 defense efficiency-wise and put Loyola on lockdown in the second half, holding the Ramblers to 1-of-7 shooting from 3 to send 98-year-old team chaplain Sister Jean Delores Schmidt and company to the exits early.

"I would rather win a title", said Matthews, who in five NCAA Tournament games has led the Wolverines with 16.6 points per game.

Villanova attempted 40 3-pointers and only 25 2-pointers.

Their defensive effort has been consistent through the entire season.

"There's just certain things we can't do which obviously Villanova can do", Self said.

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"When we got spread out and our game plan went to crap on how we were going to guard certain actions, then we got caught in between", Self said.

Along Omari Spellman, the 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman, Paschall gives Villanova two players big enough to bang in the paint and skilled enough to fit in the Wildcats' free-flowing offense. "They play real well for one another, and they always look for the best shot". They look confident, prepared, and unphased by anything positive or negative said about them by the press. We pride ourselves on defending and rebounding, and that's our true measure of success in playing Villanova basketball. "And that's something that's similar to our team in '16". He passed away about six months ago. They changed the perception of when you say Loyola-Chicago, for men's basketball, they changed that, the perception of it. ...

Villanova coach Jay Wright was asked Friday if he's seen any threads of similarities between the 2016 and 2018 teams. "And at times walking out before the game, in the hotel, I can hear when the crowd's going insane and I know he walked in".

Villanova already has shot a better percentage from beyond the arc twice in the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats defeated MI 59-55 in the second round of the '85 NCAA Tournament. He finished the night 10-11 from the floor and led the team with 24 points.

The Wolverines had trouble scoring in their Final Four game to trail Loyola-Chicago by seven at halftime, before finding the right gear in the second to run past the underdog Ramblers 69-57 into the title game. He is the third player in the last 40 seasons to score at least 20 points and have 15 or more rebounds in a national semifinal game since Larry Bird in 1979 and Akeem Olajuwon (now known as Hakeem Olajuwon) in 1983.

"Wow. If you put it like that, that's probably cool", Wagner told reporters. So I think the Jayhawks still need to keep their head high. "And we just try to win".

Gillespie's record-setter gave Villanova a 22-4 lead, and at that point, Kansas had as many turnovers as points and had taken as many timeouts as it had field goals.

"This team's had no attention at all", MI head coach John Beilein said.

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