Hot-shooting Villanova runs over Kansas, into title game

Villanova forward Omari Spellman celebrates during the first half the Wildcats' Final Four game against Kansas

All four teams are past national champions.

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. The Wolverines have won one title game in 1989 and this will be their sixth appearance in the title game with the last coming in 2013.

The Wildcats made it back in 1985 when Rollie Massimino's Cats stunned heavily favored Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing, 66-64 for the school's first title.

There's no denying that this has been one exciting bout of March Madness, and we are now at the final stage of seeing which team will rise to the occasion of being crowned champion as the Michigan Wolverines and Villanova Wildcats face off Monday night.

A crowd of 68,257 watched the two No. 1 seeds meet for the first time since Villanova beat Kansas 64-59 in the South Regional final two years ago.

Ultimately, they would finish 18-for-40 from beyond the arc (45%).

KANSAS (31-8): Azubuike 4-6 0-0 8, Newman 6-14 7-8 21, Graham 9-18 1-2 23, Vick 4-7 0-0 8, Mykhailiuk 2-8 5-6 10, Lightfoot 0-0 0-0 0, Sosinski 1-1 0-0 2, De Sousa 2-4 3-4 7, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Teahan 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett 0-4 0-0 0, Cunliffe 0-0 0-0 0. But it was 6-11 center Moritz Wagner who kept his team in the game when they were ice cold. More telling is the 3-point disparity, 454-269, which accounts for a whopping 86.8-70.4 point differential. "We want them to enjoy the college experience and then we hope that after one year of enjoying the college experience they have a really hard decision to make that the National Basketball Association wants you but you really enjoy college". Spellman is likely to be one and done after turning it on over the last month of the season, and he finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win against Kansas. The Wolverines scored 47 points in the second half, while shooting 57 percent from the floor after making just 9-for-31 in the first 20 minutes.

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No. 3 seed MI (33-7) vs. All four of their losses came to Big East opponents, and they've won 10 straight games. The Wolverines entered the season unranked and were predicted to finish fifth in the Big Ten, but a late-season run of 12 wins in 13 games thrust them into the tournament spotlight, earning a No. 3 seed in the West.

Moritz Wagner has come up big for MI. Eric Paschall was dominant in leading the "Cats with 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting. It just feels good to keep playing". By then, it was over.

Villanova remains scorching hot from the three-point line in the second half.

Things got so bad that the Wildcats had tied the Final Four single-game record of 13 3-pointers by halftime, prompting the NCAA to post a highlight montage of each and every one on Twitter.

The first two points assume that MI can scheme a way to contain Villanova's offense. Villanova shot 53.1 percent (17/32) before the break.

Jay Wright's Wildcats scored 22 of the game's first 26 points Saturday night in San Antonio, and Midwest regional champion Kansas was unable to offer up a response. He couldn't make a shot.

SAN ANTONIO - Saturday night was historic for Villanova. Among the conference's four NCAA tournament teams, Purdue rated highest in adjusted tempo at 223rd. They haven't had a single digit win since edging Seton Hall in overtime on February 28, 69-68.

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