Kansas basketball vs. Villanova: Game time, odds, how to watch, and more

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#1 Kansas basketball will take on #18 Villanova tomorrow morning on the road. Here’s what you need to know, including odds, game time, how to watch, and more.

Kansas basketball (9-1) vs. Villanova (8-2) at a glance:

  • Time: 11:00 AM (CT)
  • Place: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
  • Watch: FOX
  • Listen: FM- KKSW 105.9, or AM- KLWN 1320 (Lawrence Stations)
  • Line: Kansas -2 (odds courtesy of The Action Network)
  • All-Time Series: 4-4
  • Last Meeting: 2018, 74-71 Kansas
  • Full Preview: Five things to know about Villanova

Kansas basketball’s performance against Villanova will be telling about how the rest of this season is going to go. The Jayhawks have a chance to solidify themselves as the team to beat against the Wildcats, but the win won’t come easy on the road.

The Villanova offense lives behind the three-point line, as 42.7% of their field goals attempted are from behind the arc according to KenPom, and they can knock it down too. The Wildcats are shooting over 38% from deep so far this season. Nova’s talented offense is led by Saddiq Bey, who’s averaging 16.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Wildcats.

Unless Kansas wants a recreation of the 2018 Final Four rout, they’re going to have to get out and defend the perimeter, or Villanova is going to outshoot the Jayhawk offense.

On the other side of the court, Kansas will have an advantage over Villanova. KenPom ranks the Wildcat defense 85th, meaning Kansas’ top 15 offense should have no trouble putting up a decent amount of points.

Still, the biggest key for Kansas will be running Villanova off of the three-point line.

Seven Villanova players have attempted 10 or more three-pointers, and six have attempted at least 20 this season. The Wildcats are going to force Kansas to defend the three-ball at every position, which has been a weakness for this team.

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The good news is that Bill Self and the Jayhawks have had an entire week to prepare for Villanova. It’d be surprising for Kansas basketball to not be completely prepared to try and stop the Wildcat’s three-point inclination from the opening tip.

This is a big game for this team. A win here would be huge for Kansas’ resume’, and it’d be a nice way to start off the holiday season.