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Villanova vs. Kansas Prediction, Picks, and Preview for 4/2/2022

Villanova takes on Kansas on 4/2/2022 at 05:09 PM.

Hello friends, we have predictions for the Villanova-Kansas game. It is time to get rolling with our preview! Villanova has a record of 30-7 this season. Kansas is 32-6 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Villanova Team Defense Preview





They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating. Defensively, they are above average at stifling opponent ball movement. Opponents are a little bit disjointed against them. This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the country. They yield a lot of three point shot attempts more so than most teams. A function of matchups and strong defense, their opponents struggle against them from three point range and they are among the best in the country in this respect. This is a decent interior defense or schemed defense that is able to force more mid-range shots. This is not a team that excels at shot blocking. Either the personnel or strategy is not there. This is an average defensive rebounding team, this is not a death knell for the team, but they should strive to be better.

Villanova Team Offense Preview

Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 112.4 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They tend to score a bit more off the dribble inside the perimeter than most. This is a smooth running offense and the players make good decisions on the floor. This typically goes hand-in-hand with strong shot selection and higher Field Goal percentages.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.516, which considered to be slightly above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.561 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.461 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the country. They made 0.357 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. The Charity Stripe is not an emphasized part of the offense. They made 0.83 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are among the best in the country from the Free Throw Line. They successfully retrieved 31.1% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Kansas Team Defense Preview

They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is. Defensively, they are above average at stifling opponent ball movement. Opponents are a little bit disjointed against them. This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the country. This defense discourages three point shots a bit more than others. A function of matchups and strong defense, their opponents struggle against them from three point range and they are among the best in the country in this respect. This is a decent interior defense or schemed defense that is able to force more mid-range shots. Nothing will blow you away about their ability to block shots. This is an average defensive rebounding team, this is not a death knell for the team, but they should strive to be better.

Kansas Team Offense Preview





Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 111.3 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. Compared to the rest of the league, there is a sense of neutrality about ball movement to set up 2 point shots. They do an above average job protecting the basketball and making decisions on offense.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.537, which considered to be above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.566 which considered to be above average. They attempt 0.331 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in College Basketball. They made 0.355 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. Getting to the Free Throw Line is a neutral part of the offensive mindset and approach. They made 0.719 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team. They rebounded 33.1% of their missed shots. This is an above average offensive rebounding team.

The Villanova Roster

The Players to Watch for Villanova

Collin Gillespie 6-3 190 pound Guard

Collin Gillespie has a 21.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Collin Gillespie this season has 0.626 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.409 of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Collin Gillespie shot 0.468 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

This season, when shots were missed, Collin Gillespie is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Collin Gillespie has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Collin Gillespie is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Justin Moore 6-4 210 pound Guard

Justin Moore has a 18.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Justin Moore this season has 0.493 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.356 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Justin Moore shot 0.437 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Justin Moore has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Justin Moore is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Brandon Slater 6-6 211 pound Forward

Brandon Slater sports a 14.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Brandon Slater this season has 0.445 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.319 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Brandon Slater shot 0.615 inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Brandon Slater has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Jermaine Samuels 6-7 230 pound Forward

Jermaine Samuels has a 20.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jermaine Samuels this season has 0.331 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.275 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Jermaine Samuels shot 0.573 inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Jermaine Samuels has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Jermaine Samuels is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Eric Dixon 6-8 260 pound Forward

Eric Dixon sports a 22.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Eric Dixon this season has 0.131 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Eric Dixon shot 0.515 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Eric Dixon shot 0.502 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Eric Dixon is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Caleb Daniels 6-4 210 pound Guard

Caleb Daniels sports a 15.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Caleb Daniels attempted 0.551 of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.377 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Caleb Daniels shot 0.488 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Caleb Daniels has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Caleb Daniels is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.





The Kansas Roster

The Players to Watch for Kansas

Christian Braun 6-6 205 pound Guard

Christian Braun sports a 19.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Christian Braun attempted 0.316 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Christian Braun shot 0.392 from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.546 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Christian Braun has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Christian Braun is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Ochai Agbaji 6-5 210 pound Guard

Ochai Agbaji sports a 20.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Ochai Agbaji attempted 0.46 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.397 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Ochai Agbaji shot 0.535 inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Ochai Agbaji is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Dajuan Harris 6-1 160 pound Guard

Dajuan Harris has a 11.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Dajuan Harris attempted 0.289 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.304 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Dajuan Harris shot 0.486 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Dajuan Harris is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Dajuan Harris has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Jalen Wilson 6-8 215 pound Forward

Jalen Wilson has a 18.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Jalen Wilson attempted 0.355 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Jalen Wilson shot 0.264 from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Jalen Wilson shot 0.58 inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Jalen Wilson has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Jalen Wilson is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

David McCormack 6-10 265 pound Forward

David McCormack sports a 23.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

David McCormack attempted 0.007 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.0 of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.5 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but David McCormack is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Remy Martin 6-0 175 pound Guard

Remy Martin has a 17.6 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Remy Martin this season has 0.362 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.358 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.525 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Remy Martin is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Remy Martin has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Remy Martin is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Villanova vs. Kansas Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Villanova 64 Kansas 65

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