After Kansas beat Villanova 81-65 in the first of two national semifinals on Saturday night in New Orleans, NBA Hall of Famer and basketball analyst Charles Barkley saw enough to make his pick in Monday’s national championship game.
“Let me tell you something. Not only are [Kansas] will play for the national championship on Monday, they will win the national championship on Monday. I’ve seen enough, they’re going to be hard for anyone to beat.” Barkley said during postgame coverage on TBS.
The Jayhawks earned a wire-to-wire victory thanks to strong offensive performances from David McCormack (25 points) and Ochai Agbaji (21 points).
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Although Villanova cut Kansas’ lead to an inside 10 with less than five minutes left, Jayhawks guard Christian Braun hit two late goals to put the game away and send Kansas to their first appearance. in the national championship since the 2011-12 season.
Kansas coach Bill Self will be aiming for his second national title with the three-try program. He won his first and only championship in the 2007-08 season when the Jayhawks beat Memphis 75–68.
The Jayhawks will face the winner of Duke and North Carolina, who will play the second national semifinal on Saturday night in New Orleans.
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