March 24, 2016 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports)
No. 2 seed Villanova will face No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks at 8:49 PM ET Saturday in the South Regional Final at the KFC YUM Center in Louisville, KY. The WIldcats defeated the Hurricanes 88-58 in Thursday’s 7:00 game to advance to the Elite 8 for the first time since 2009 and for the seventh time in school’s history.
Both Kris Jenkins and Ryan Arcidiacono led the way for Villanova (32-5), with 21 points each. Jenkins pulled down 9 rebounds, while Arcidiacono had 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Center Daniel Ochefu chipped in 17 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in the victory.
Sheldon MCClellan led the way for Miami (27-8), with 26 points 2 rebounds while Angel Rodriguez helped the Hurricanes with 13 points 8 assists. Miami’s Davon Reed and Anthony Lawerence had eight points each in the defeat to the Wildcats.
The Wildcats finished the game shooting a blazing 62.7 percent from the field, and was hot from downtown as well going 66.7 percent on 10 out of 15 shooting from the 3-point range. The Hurricanes finished the game shooting 53.2 percent from the floor, while managing to shoot (9-of-13) from the free-throw line in the defeat to Villanova.
“A great win for us.” Coach Jay Wright said afterwards. “We’re thrilled against an outstanding Miami team. You could tell by that first half both teams just couldn’t stop each other. Both of us are man-to-man teams. Both of us went zone because we couldn’t guard each other.”
The No. 1 Jayhawks pulled away towards the end to defeat the No. 4 seed Terrapins 77-63 in the nightcap in front of a near capacity crowd at the KFC Yum! Center.
Perry Ellis had a game high and led the way for Kansas (33-4), with 27 points, and 5 rebounds,while Wayne Selden Jr. played a solid game finishing with 19 points and 7 rebounds in the victory for the Jayhawks.
Sr. guard Rasheed Sulaimon tried to keep Maryland (27-9) in the game, with 18 points, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds. Melo Trimble poured in 17 points shooting 5 of 16 from the field in the defeat to the Jayhawks.
Kansas finished the game shooting 46.8 percent from the field, and shot 33.3 percent on 3 out of 9 shooting from the 3-point range. The Maryland Terrapins finished the game shooting 40 percent from the floor, while managing to shoot (14-of-20) from the free-throw line and was beat on the boards 43-28 in the defeat to Kansas.
“We’re so excited to be advancing.” stated Coach Bill Self. “We have a chance to play for the Final Four against a good Villanova team.”
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