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Kansas Cruises To 81-65 Win Over Villanova In Final Four

Apr 2, 2022, 6:27 PM
Kansas vs. Villanova - Final Four...
Ochai Agbaji #30 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives against Jermaine Samuels #23 of the Villanova Wildcats in the second half of the game during the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal at Caesars Superdome on April 02, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — David McCormack muscled his way to 25 points, Ochai Agbaji added 21 and hot-shooting Kansas withstood every Villanova run for a 81-65 victory Saturday night that sent the Jayhawks back to the national title game.

Christian Braun also had 10 points for the Jayhawks, including a key 3-pointer to ward off a comeback late in the game.

Now, they hope to follow a familiar pattern against Duke or North Carolina on Monday night.

The last three times that the Jayhawks and Wildcats have met in the tournament, the winner has gone on to cut down the nets.

Collin Gillespie had 17 points and Brandon Slater had 16 for the Wildcats, who struggled early without injured guard Justin Moore and never could come all the way back.

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