The Big 12 lost its shot at landing two teams in the Final Four when Villanova beat overall No. 1 seed Kansas. Oklahoma did its part earlier Saturday, beating Oregon in the Elite Eight. The Atlantic Coast Conference, on the other hand, has guaranteed itself two of the Final Four teams before the final legs of the Elite Eight even begin. The Villanova Wildcats broke up the Big 12's dream scenario with a 64-59 win over Kansas. Villanova got to the Elite Eight behind outstanding 3-point shooting but hit just 4 of 18 against the Jayhawks, reports the AP. Instead, outstanding defense led the Wildcats to the Final Four for the fifth time overall and first since 2009.
Mikal Bridges and Josh Hart each made big steals in the final minute to help the Wildcats (33-5) pull off the upset and end the Jayhawks' 17-game winning streak. The Wildcats are back in the Final Four for the first time since 2009, and they can credit balanced scoring and ferocious defense. "They played man and they played zone and they played 1-2-2, then back to man," Kansas coach Bill Self said of the Wildcats. "I think that the basket shrunk a little bit for us and, certainly, they probably got some confidence the way they were defending us."