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Villanova Somehow Makes It Rain While Also Scorching the Earth

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 31: Omari Spellman #14 of the Villanova Wildcats shoots against Udoka Azubuike #35 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The Villanova Wildcats are offensive Svengalis.
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The flurry of 3-pointers has finally died down, and Villanova is headed to the national championship game. Against Kansas in the Final Four, the Wildcats went 18-for-40 from deep and cruised to a 95-79 victory.

Villanova’s offense is sophisticated and thoroughly modern, though on Saturday its players seemed to follow the simple strategy of “cram the ball down Kansas’ throat.” They ran the Jayhawks out of the gym and maintained a double-digit lead for the last 36 minutes of the game.

Villanova’s sharpshooting was so impressive, even the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department took notice.

Before Saturday, the record for most 3-pointers in a Final Four game was 13. Villanova made 12 in the first half alone. This shooting spread Kansas so thin that whenever a Wildcat would make the long journey into the paint, he could get to the rim with relative ease.

Villanova’s play revolves around stars Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges, but the fact that its entire starting lineup can shoot certainly helps the Wildcats’ cause. Its bench is similarly lethal from ICBM-range, and even the Nova big men can make it rain. Six-foot-nine forward Eric Paschall went four-for-five from deep against Kansas, including this shot from the Mariana Trench.

Villanova plays Michigan on Monday in the title game. Let’s hope the insides of the nets get some rest in the meantime.