MI vs. Villanova, 4-2

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

MI guard Charles Matthews dunks the ball ahead of Loyola-Chicago forward Aundre Jackson, left, during the first half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in San Antonio.

Both teams are preparing Sunday for the final game of the NCAA Tournament, as March Madness bleeds into April for the championship game on Monday night. Five different players made 3-pointers.

KU lost as the Wildcats rained 3-pointers in the first minutes of the first half of the game Saturday night.

Kansas (31-8) came into the game playing a guard-heavy lineup that seemed able to chase Villanova's shooters on the perimeter.

Devonte' Graham led the Jayhawks with 23 points. Malik Newman, who scored all 13 overtime points in a Midwest Region championship win over Duke that got Kansas to San Antonio, added 21. That performance, in tandem with strong defense, enabled Villanova to rout Kansas, 95-79, and advance to its second NCAA Championship Game in three years.

The second is a battle of No. 1 seeds between East champion Villanova and Midwest champion Kansas.

Part of the reason is Paschall: a 6-foot-9, 255-pound redshirt junior who is one of six players on the team to average in double figures. The Wildcats are pursuing a second national title in three seasons. DiVincenzo sank his second 3-pointer of the game before Omari Spellman swished a trey of his own less than a minute later and the Wildcats continued to coast, leading 65-44 with 13:14 left in regulation.

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

STRUGGLING GUARDS: Michigan starting guards Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman were a combined 2-of-17 shooting for seven points in the national semifinal win over Loyola-Chicago.

"We got spread out, and our game plan went to crap on how we were going to guard certain actions", Kansas coach Bill Self said. Bridges and Phil Booth rounded out the Wildcats' scoring with 10 points apiece.

"I just think we did a good job being ready to catch and shoot", said Jalen Brunson, who finished with 18 points and six assists, "Everyone was making plays for each other".

Wagner became the third player in the last 40 years with a 20 and 15 game in a Final Four game, joining Hakeem Olajuwon of Houston in 1983 (then known as Akeem) and Larry Bird of Indiana State in 1979. He has found the range since and now is yet another 3-point threat for one of the best shooting teams in the country.

MI has had a great season and very much deserves to be in the national title game, but Villanova has been the best team in college basketball for most of the season. But, that's why they play the game. Villanova defeated Kansas 64-59 in the Elite Eight round two years ago and went on to beat North Carolina 77-74 for the national title.

The over/under for Monday's championship game opened at 143.5 at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, then quickly climbed to 145.5.

"We tried to devise a ball-screen defensive plan, which we thought would eliminate some of the actions", Self said.

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