Final Four 2018: Michigan vs. Villanova matchup, pick, predictions

SAN ANTONIO – It’s not over until it starts, at least.

What college basketball fans saw Saturday evening from Villanova was the sort of performance that can lead one to presume there is little reason in even bothering to contest the scheduled Monday night championship game between the Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines.

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UM fell behind 10-0 to 14th-seeded Montana, needed a miracle shot to defeat Houston, shot 39 percent against Florida State and trailed Loyola by double-digits in the second half of their Final Four semifinal – just before Villanova stepped up to the same stage and obliterated Midwest Region No. 1 seed Kansas. How could the Wolverines possibly stand up against such an onslaught?

This is the tricky thing about sports, though. Steve Kornacki of Michigan’s communications department pointed out how the Wolverines had battled Oregon in the Sweet 16 last season until the final seconds, essentially losing because of an offensive rebound of a missed free throw snatched by Ducks big man Jordan Bell. Kansas then walked onto the same floor in the second game of the doubleheader and destroyed Big Ten champion Purdue, 98-66.

How could Oregon possibly compete with that Kansas team? As they say in boxing, styles make fights. KU had no one to match up with

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