For the Villanova Wildcats, this Final Four offers some vindication, in addition to the opportunity to revisit some familiar territory, as they get their chance to win their second national championship in three years and redeem themselves for losing in the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament to Wisconsin. They have a very tough hurdle to overcome in the national semi-final, as they have to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in a game that begins at 8:49 PM ET on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. If you are a VietBet customer, you’re in luck, as you have the chance to place wagers even after the game tips off, using the facilities of Live Betting Ultra.
2018 Final Four Betting – Villanova Wildcats vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders:
In the 2018 Final Four Betting odds at VietBet on this feature matchup, the Wildcats are favored:
Villanova Wildcats -5
Kansas Jayhawks +5
Over 155 points -110
Under 155 points -110
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2018 Final Four Betting: CJ’s Take on Villanova:
Villanova (34-4 SU, 26-12 ATS) actually has four players left over from that championship team, and three of them are in key roles, which is very unusual in this age of the “one and done” star. The guy who most people are obviously going to have their eye on is Jalen Bronson, who has won a national player of the year award, and will likely be a high draft pick in the draft. Brunson, whose father Rick played in the NBA, is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 19.2 points a game. And every part of his shooting is top-notch – he is 60.4% from two-point range, 41.4% accurate in triples, and 81.1% from the line. At crunch time, he is nearly unflappable.
And he is just one of a number of viable offensive options on the Villanova squad. This team starts five double-digit scorers, and Brunson’s sidekick, who is also All-America level, is Mikal Bridges, who is 12th in the nation in Offensive Rating, as it has been measured by the respected analytics site KenPom.com. Bridges averages 17.8 points and shoots 43.6% from three-point territory.
There are a lot of superlatives associated with the Villanova side. They lead the nation in scoring at 86.6 points per game; they are first in Adjusted Offensive Efficiency, second in Effective Field Goal Percentage, fourth in assist-turnover ratio, third in two-point percentage, 15th in three-point percentage, ninth in free throw percentage. Translated, what that means is that they are going to be a very tough customer for Kansas to deal with, from wherever they are on the floor.
Maybe the questions exists as to whether they have the requisite big men to play a physical game. Well, Omari Spellman (10.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and Eric Paschall (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) would appear to be tough enough, and with Spellman there is the added attraction of his 44.6% accuracy rate in three-pointers. At any given time, in fact, Villanova could have five guys on the floor who shoot at least 38% from long-range. So they can stretch ANY opponent out.
And back to the “toughness” thing – they shot only 33% against Texas Tech in the Elite Eight and still won by double digits, on the strength of a 51-33 rebounding advantage, which included 20 offensive boards (six of them by Paschall). When you throw in the fact that they are 13th nationally in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency and have held four of the last five opponents under 40% shooting, they are definitely a lot of trouble for anyone.
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