March 31, 2018
Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) pulls back to shoot against Villanova guard Phil Booth (5) during the second half, Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
As Villanova guards, wings and bigs buried 3-pointer after 3-pointer Saturday night at the Alamodome, Kansas guards, typically the beneficiaries of such shots, went through periods of struggling to even find an attempt. While the Wildcats assailed the Jayhawks with long-range jumpers, what head coach Jay Wright’s team accomplished in defending any such counterattacks proved just as crucial in a 95-79 victory that sent Villanova to the national championship game. By Benton Smith