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By Trey Dravvorn, Sports staff

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The NCAA Final Four in San Antonio will be exciting this season. The remaining teams are Michigan, Loyola-Chicago, Kansas, and Villanova.

The first game features the Cinderella team of the ages, Loyola Chicago. The Ramblers beat Miami in the round of 64, then stomped Tennessee in the second round, then finished off Nevada in the Sweet Sixteen, and the Kansas State in the Elite Eight to go to the Final Four in San Antonio.

The big question will be if the Ramblers can stop the Wolverines and continue to play their own basketball, not other team’s basketball. I truly believe that they will beat Michigan in the Final Four and go onto the Championship of the NCAA Tournament.

The other game consists of two number one seeded teams in the tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks and the Villanova Wildcats.

Villanova came off a gritty win against Texas Tech in the Elite Eight, Tech pushed them hard until Villanova showed why they have one of the best defenses in the nation by shutting down Tech in the last five minutes and cruising to a 71 to 51 win.

Kansas on the other hand is coming off and massive fight against a very tough Duke Blue Devils team that could have won the game with Grayson Allen’s last-second jumper but it rattled around the rim and bounced out.

The game between these two powerhouse programs will be an absolute dogfight, I highly recommend watching it.

Malik Newman made Duke look silly in overtime. He scored all 13 points and has Bill Self back to San Antonio where Self won his last Championship in 2008.

Villanova has to play their game and be the same they have always been to win. Kansas on the other hand has to win the boards and get Newman involved early to win this game.

In all reality I have to take Kansas in this one. They will be unstoppable if they can control the boards and get Villanova off of their game.

In the Final I Believe it will be a good game but Kansas is the bigger program than Loyola and it will be just a huge deficit to overcome. The champions of the NCAA Tournament will be the Kansas Jayhawks and bring Bill Self another Championship in the city where he won his first championship.

 

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