2016 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Villanova

By Trevor Lowry

We are down to the last four teams in the 2016 NCAA tournament, which means we still have two mega-showdowns to watch before the title game goes down.

In Game No. 1 of the Final Four, the Villanova Wildcats will take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Although seeds are virtually meaningless at this point, both of these squads entered the dance with No. 2 seeds.

If you are playing catch-up, we have you covered, and will present you with the paths each team has gone down in the Big Dance.

Villanova’s wins in the tournament: UNC Asheville, Iowa, Miami and Kansas.

Oklahoma’s wins in the tournament: CSU Bakersfield, VCU, Texas A&M and Oregon.

What To Watch For

All eyes will be on Buddy Hield. You know, since he is the best player in college basketball and has been going ham in the tourney. Hield is now averaging 29.3 points per game during March Madness, and he has also thrown down two games in which he reached the 30-point mark. Hield is of course not alone, but he is the biggest star, and he is about to play on the biggest stage.

Take your pick with the Wildcats. Josh Hart might have been the leading scorer during the season, but other players, such as Ryan Arcidiacono, have also been key to this squad’s Big Dance run.

Prediction

Villanova enters the Final Four with an overall record of 33-5 while Oklahoma will do battle with a 29-7 record.

These have been two of the best teams in the country all season long, which means fans are in store for one heck of a game.

Just in case folks already forgot (surely Villanova has not), the Sooners destroyed the Wildcats earlier in the season by 23 points. Although Oklahoma likely won’t have the same performance, I am still predicting the best player in the game (Hield, that is) to lead his team to victory. Any objections?

Oklahoma 75, Villanova 70

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