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March Madness Recap: Villanova vs. West Virginia Betting Odds

March Madness Recap: Villanova vs. West Virginia Betting Odds”

Duke, whose path in the Midwest has opened up somewhat favorably, are the oddsmakers" favorites to win the national championship at +325, but "Nova (+375) are at the very least expected to return to the Final Four for the second time in three years.

Staring at a six point deficit midway through the second half, the No. 1 seed Villanova Wildcats reeled off a 36-18 run over the final 11 minutes to down No. 5 seed West Virginia 90-78 in an NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinal at TD Garden Friday night. As good as West Virginia's pressing defense has been, it can be beaten with good passing, and that's a strength for Villanova.

Kansas guard Malik Newman (14) celebrates after an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Seton Hall Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Wichita, Kan.

Most Villanova guards did not last that long but whether it was Rollie Massimino, Steve Lappas or now Jay Wright, they would bring in great East Coach guards who dominated play.

BOSTON-It was physical, exhaustive and intense because, for the most part, it was a typical West Virginia game. "And to see our guys come out, to be able to compete with them physically and mentally, it was really impressive to me".

Turnovers. West Virginia is going to do whatever they can to speed Villanova up and make them turn the ball over, but Villanova has the guards to handle the pressure that the Mountaineers are going to throw at them. They picked up 10 fouls in the first nine minutes of the second half, sending Villanova to the free-throw line early and often.

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West Virginia adjusted for a while, taking advantage of a more than three-minute Villanova scoring drought to take a 60-54 edge with just over 11 minutes left. But Villanova heated up again. Big man Omari Spellman put up an excellent performance as well with 18 points and 8 rebounds despite dealing with the tall and athletic frontcourt of West Virginia. Star guard Jalen Brunson scored 27 points in the win. That aspect of their game did not change against West Virginia in the Sweet 16. The Mountaineers were whistled for 28 fouls and Villanova committed 20.

Brunson led all scorers with 16 first-half points. The Wildcats came in leading the nation in points scored per game (86.9) and offensive efficiency (122.9).

Texas Tech are headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Avoiding any such nonsense against lesser opponents, the Wildcats took care of Radford 87-61 in the first round before hammering Alabama 81-58. Mikal Bridges had 16 points and Eric Paschall added 14 for the Wildcats.

The Mountaineers then went on an 8-0 run to take a 33-30 lead. Purdue never got closer than one point the rest of the way.

The Clemson-Kansas victor plays in the regional final Sunday against the victor of Friday night's other semifinal between second-seeded Duke and 11th-seeded Syracuse. The Mountaineers are trying to get to the Elite Eight for the first time since their Final Four run in 2010. He needs to avoid picking up two fouls in the second half otherwise the Cats will be without one of their top players. Keenan Evans had 16 points for the Red Raiders, who also received 33 points from their bench as opposed to just six for the Boilermakers reserves.

Purdue's 7-foot-2 standout Isaac Haas is hoping to get in the game against Texas Tech, thanks to an arm brace quickly engineered by grad students in hopes of meeting NCAA safety standards.

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Follow along below for live NCAA Tournament scores, highlights and news from Friday's Sweet 16 action. In fact, this marks the sixth time Bill Self's team has been seeded first since KU won it all in 2008; the Jayhawks haven't made the Final Four one of those times.

"I think Clemson's overrated", he said.

"It was right before the, I think, the 12-minute timeout, which we don't normally like to do", Wright said.

Clemson trailed 62-42, but climbed to within six with 2:27 left. The Jayhawks led 62-42, but the Tigers pulled within six with 2:27 remaining before Devonte Graham grabbed a huge offensive rebound that allowed Kansas to kill nearly a full minute off the clock.

Kansas didn't score after Graham's rebound, and the Tigers got the next board for a chance to cut it to a one-possession game. But Shelton Mitchell and Gabe DeVoe each missed from beyond the arc.

"We didn't have our best game".

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"He was definitely a guy that picked on me", Brunson said. "We don't just want to go to the Sweet 16".



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