Kansas head coach Bill Self is just 40 minutes away from taking the Kansas Jayhawks to their third Final Four under his leadership. The last obstacle in the way is the Villanova Wildcats.
The second seeded Wildcats throttled third seeded Miami 90-68 in Thursday night’s South Regional Semifinal to advance to Saturday night’s battle. The two last met in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, when Kansas put on a dunk show in the Sweet 16 en route to the Final Four and a National Championship.
To get back to a Final Four, Kansas knows it’s in for its toughest test to date.
“I've only seen Villanova sparingly on TV, and then I watched some games going into this week, obviously, because we knew that if we won, we'd have a great chance to play them,” Self said. “So, but I haven't studied them. I know this. The way they shoot the ball from the four-spot and, of course, what was he tonight? Was he five for six, Jenkins? And so that will be kind of a good matchup, Perry and him, because they're both kind of -- Perry didn't shoot as many threes, but similar perimeter-type four men.”
“Then, they both have an anchor inside. We both have an anchor inside,” Self continued. “Their guards are so clever and so good. But, if they go 10-of-15 and 18-of-19, you know, nobody's going to beat them. So we're going to have to do some things to hopefully at least allow them not to play within their comfort zone. They were good on offense. What I think they're even better at is creating havoc defensively and getting confidence offensively because their defense is so aggressive and sound even though they do put themselves in a position to make a lot of steals.”