Traditional college basketball powers anchor the 2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four, and the first half of the double-header sees the Villanova Wildcats facing the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Villanova, the No. 2 seed in the South region, earned its trip to the Final Four with a 50-44 victory over Houston last Sunday. The Wildcats (30-7) will now face the battle-tested Jayhawks (32-6), who rode the top seed in the Midwest regional to a 76-50 win over upstart Miami in the Elite Eight. Justin Moore (Achilles) is out of this game for Villanova.
Tipoff in the first national semifinal is set for 6:09 p.m. ET from the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. The Jayhawks are 4.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 133 in the latest Villanova vs. Kansas odds from Caesars Sportsbook for the Final Four 2022. Before making any Kansas vs. Villanova picks be sure to check out the 2022 NCAA Tournament predictions from SportsLine’s Micah Roberts.
Roberts worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for more than 20 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos’ book director. Armed with an unmatched network of sources, the former bookmaker became a SportsLine expert in 2016.
In his last 80 college basketball picks for SportsLine, Roberts is an outstanding 52-28, returning $2,062 to $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has set his sights on Kansas vs. Villanova and just locked in his picks and college basketball predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Villanova vs. Kansas:
- Villanova vs. Kansas point spread: Kansas -4.5
- Villanova vs. Kansas over-under total: 133 points
- Villanova vs. Kansas money line: Kansas -200, Villanova +170
- NOVA: The Wildcats are 21-6 against the spread in their past 27 NCAA Tournament games.
- KU: The Jayhawks are 5-2 ATS in their past seven neutral-site games.
Why Kansas can cover
The Jayhawks likely have the most balanced team in the Final Four, and they have overcome adversity at various junctures in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Most notably, they overcame a 35-29 halftime deficit against Miami with a memorable 47-15 blitz in the second half to send them to the Final Four on the heels of their best 20 minutes of the season.
The Hurricanes appeared to have the better execution and the edge in hustle plays in the first half and Kansas, the lone remaining No. 1 seed, appeared in jeopardy of joining the other three top-seeded clubs in watching the Final Four from home. Instead, the Jayhawks stepped up their intensity on the defensive end and used their muscle advantage inside to quickly erase the deficit and take control with a double-digit lead that was never threatened.
Kansas can rely on the experienced and proven combination of seniors Ochai Agbaji, a national Player of the Year candidate, and David McCormack to deliver when it matters most. Agbaji had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists against Miami, while McCormack added 15 points and four rebounds while going 6-for-7 from the field.
Why Villanova can cover
As the Wildcats have been known to do under coach Jay Wright, they appear to be improving with each game played in March. They head to New Orleans on a nine-game winning streak that includes the Big East Tournament championship and have been in control for the majority of their NCAA Tournament games.
Villanova was a betting underdog against a Houston team whose rugged defense had many observers believing the Cougars were headed to a second straight Final Four. Although the 50-44 victory over Houston won’t win any beauty contests, The Wildcats beat the Cougars at their own game from the start, built a 27-20 halftime lead and withstood a late Houston rally.
Both clubs shot poorly from the field, but Villanova took advantage of its opportunities at the free-throw line in the ultra-physical contest and hit all 15 of its attempts while Houston went 9-of-14. Senior forward Jermaine Samuels led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
How to make Kansas vs. Villanova picks
For Villanova vs. Kansas, Roberts is leaning over on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Villanova vs. Kansas spread to back, at SportsLine.
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