I have Villanova beating Kansas 76-70. The Wildcats have the second best KenPom offense since 2002. Udoka Azubuike will either have to defend Omari Spellman on the perimeter, or the Jayhawks will need to craft a clever defense to account for him. I think Villanova puts Kansas’ defense in tough spots, and the Jayhawks miss some threes today.
I have Loyola over Michigan 72-68. The Rambles do a nice job taking advantage of the weak-side, and despite Michigan having a much better defense this season (4th in adjusted defense), I think Porter Moser’s squad makes it one more round.
The games start on CBS at 5:09. Kansas-Villanova will tip 40 minutes later.
If you want to know what Baylor is looking to improve, and needs to improve to return, it’s offense:
Hopefully Baylor can land Tyler Harris, get a healthy Makai Mason and secure a good graduate transfer. Michigan and Loyola didn’t seem like Final Four teams when the season started. Let’s crash the party next year.
Until then, still Sic ‘Em!