LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One versus two. The Jayhawks and the Wildcats, are just one of the two, one versus two seed matchups that will take place on Saturday night. But this will be the only one where the two teams were both the top-ranked team in the country at one point this year.
The last time these two teams faced off was in 2013 in the Journey to Atlantis Tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. In that game, then sophomore, Ryan Arcidiacono hit the game winning basket.
“They have so many guys you have you got to focus,” said Arcidiacono. “It’s going to be tough, but there isn’t a whole lot you can take away from that game, other than it was an ugly game.”
That game ended 63-59 and was the first loss on the season for the number two ranked Jayhawks. Both teams were young and for Kansas it included, then freshman, Wayne Selden and then sophomore, Perry Ellis.
“It’s just all about getting out there and playing like we play, you can’t really pay attention to the outside,” said now junior Wayne Selden. “Once we get on the court that’s when we really focus in the most.”
But the Jayhawks will not be the only team focusing on Saturday night. The Villanova Wildcats have a record of 32-5 and won the Big East regular season title. Upper class men on Villanova knows KU is going to be a tough game.
“We know that if we don’t come out and bring energy, high effort, and play tough, then we’re going to lose because they’re the best at it. So we have to come out ready to go,” said Kris Jenkins a junior power forward for Nova.
The teams are ready for the challenge and with a victory will make the Final Four. The last time Villanova did that was in 2009, and for Kansas they made it in 2012 where they lost in the National Championship game to Kentucky.
The game between Kansas, and Villanova will tip off at 8:40 p.m. eastern time at the KFC Yum! Center.