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Villanova Wildcats - #2 Seed In South Region
After guard Justin Moore’s Achilles tendon rupture, Villanova is a Final Four team searching for answers at the tail end of the college basketball season.
Moore was the team’s second leading scorer and the fourth best rebounder. The Wildcats have run a tight six-man rotation for a majority of the season and severely lack guard depth. A problem made worse by the loss of the junior guard.
Outside of senior guards Caleb Daniels and Collin Gillespie, the Wildcats don’t have any other guards who have played significant minutes this season.
Freshman Jordan Longino averages 8.6 minutes in 26 games this year, while junior guards Chris Arcidiacono and Bryan Antoine average 9.6 minutes and 9.5 minutes, respectively.
In head coach Jay Wright’s fourth trip to the Final Four during his tenure, he will have to figure out how to plug that gap against Kansas.
Senior forward Jermaine Samuels and senior guard Caleb Daniels may have to provide more scoring with Moore out.
Kansas Jayhawks - #1 Seed in Midwest Region
The Jayhawks have depth at guard and entered the tournament with minimal health issues.
Mitch Lightfoot dealt with a left knee injury early on. The ProBasketballDocs assessed the injury as a likely MCL sprain.
He’s not at 100%, but that hasn’t mattered much for Kansas as senior forward David McCormack has proved the more effective option in the tournament.
McCormack had 15 points in the win over Miami, while Lightfoot had 9 points.
The Jayhawks have also been bolstered by the return of fifth-year senior guard Remy Martin.
He missed 11 games starting in late December with a bone bruise in his right knee. Martin has averaged 8.6 points coming off the bench for a majority of the season and is shooting 46.6% from the field and 35.4%.
Martin's bone bruise happened three months ago at this point and should be fully healed, according to the ProBasketballDocs. Expect him to have plenty of mobility and look to attack less experienced guards off the dribble.
Kansas guards Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun are the two leading scorers and will also be tough for Villanova to guard with limited bench options.
At the time of posting, FanDuel Sportsbook has the spread at Kansas -4.5