2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four Odds: Villanova vs Kansas Prediction, Picks, Expert Bets on 52-28 Races

The Villanova Wildcats will be one step closer to competing for a third national title in six seasons when they face the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday in the Final Four of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats (30-7), who conquered the Southern Region as the second best, they won national titles in 2016 and 2018. With another victory on Saturday, they will compete for their third championship under coach Jay Wright. Kansas (32-6) passed the Midwest region as the top seed and is looking for a second national title under Bill Self. The Jayhawks haven’t cut the nets since 2008 and have reached only one Final Four since.

Departure from Caesars Superdome in New Orleans is at 6:09 pm ET. The Jayhawks are 4.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 133 in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest Villanova vs Kansas odds for the 2022 Final Four. Before making any Kansas vs Villanova picks, be sure to check out SportsLine’s 2022 NCAA Tournament Predictions by Micah Roberts.

Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sports betting industry for over 20 years, including 13 years as the Book Director at Station Casinos. Armed with an unrivaled network of sources, the former bookmaker became a SportsLine expert in 2016.

In his last 80 college basketball picks for SportsLine, Roberts is an excellent 52-28, returning punters from $2,062 to $100. Those who followed him are on a roll.

Now, he has his eye on Kansas v Villanova and has only blocked his college basketball picks and predictions. You can go to SportsLine now to see your picks. Here are various college basketball odds and betting lines for Villanova vs. Kansas:

  • Villanova vs Kansas points spread: Kansas -4.5
  • Villanova v Kansas over-under total: 133 points
  • Villanova vs. Moneyline Kansas: Kansas -200, Villanova +170
  • NEW: The Wildcats are 21-6 against the spread in their last 27 NCAA Tournament games.
  • KU: The Jayhawks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games at neutral.

Why Kansas can cover

The Jayhawks probably have the most even team in the Final Four and overcame adversity at various points in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Most notably, they overcame a 35-29 halftime deficit against Miami with a memorable 47-15 blitz in the second half to send them to the Final Four right after their best 20 minutes of the season.

The Hurricanes looked to have the best execution and the advantage in the hurried plays in the first half and Kansas, the only number 1 seed remaining, looked at risk of joining the other three top-placed clubs to watch the Final Four at home. Instead, the Jayhawks increased their intensity on defense and used their internal muscle advantage to quickly erase the deficit and take control with a double-digit lead that was never threatened.

Kansas can count on the seasoned and proven combination of national Player of the Year nominee Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack to deliver when it matters most. Agbaji had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists against Miami, while McCormack had 15 points and four rebounds, making it 6-7 on the field.

Why Villanova can cover

The Wildcats are fortunate to have an experienced roster, but they also have an unusual luxury as their best player, senior point guard Collin Gillespie, has Final Four experience. Gillespie was a reserve point guard on the 2018 championship team behind starter Jalen Brunson and a star-studded roster that saw four of his five starters become NBA draft picks following the club’s second national title. Gillespie played eight minutes and scored three points in Villanova’s 95–79 victory over Kansas in the Final Four.

Now a 22-year-old graduate student, Gillespie has taken the lead on the show en route to being named Big East Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons. He is known for his toughness, altruism and clutch shooting. He is averaging 15.6 points, the team’s record, as well as 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

How to make Kansas vs Villanova picks

For Villanova vs. Kansas, Roberts is leaning on point totals, but he also says a critical X factor makes one side of the spread mandatory. He’s just sharing what it is, and which side of Villanova vs. Kansas spread backwards on SportsLine.

Who wins Villanova vs Kansas? And which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Kansas v Villanova spread you need to jump on, all from the expert who crushed your college basketball picks, and find out.

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