Villanova vs. Kansas: Wildcats’ three-point shooting too much for the Jayhawks in 95-79 win

SAN ANTONIO — In a world of basketball boxscores that range from exhilarations to eyesores, the half of the sheet that told that statistical story of Villanova on Saturday night looked like some sort of hoop daydream. Accompaniment with classical music would not have seemed extravagant. Maybe they should have painted that half instead of typing it.

Here in the 21st century of perimeter ball movement and long-arc shooting, this bodacious box told how an Alamodome crowd of 68,257 had witnessed a state-of-the-art exhibit in the second semifinal of the Final Four. By the time the numbers took a break from churning for halftime, seven Villanova players had made three-point shots.

By early in the second half of the Wildcats’ 95-79 deluge of a perfectly fine Kansas team, the tally of three-point shots had reached 17. The 31-year-old record for Final Four three-point shots in a game, the 13 by Nevada-Las Vegas in 1987, had gotten sorely outdistanced even if nobody would make 10 as did the Rebels’ Freddie Banks. The 28-year-old record for NCAA tournament three-point shots, the 21 by Loyola Marymount in 1990 against Michigan, began a rare tremble.

It would hold on against Villanova’s 18-for-40, but as the Wildcats (35-4) went romping into a second national-title game in three years,

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