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The key storylines for Villanova vs. Kansas

Brunson vs. Graham will be the headliner - but what weaknesses can each team expose?

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Happy Tuesday, ‘Nova Nation! Looking ahead to Saturday, the key storyline of the game will clearly be Jalen Brunson vs. Devonte’ Graham. And for good reason, because both are pretty great.

But what else is there to the game? Mikal Bridges vs. the suddenly smoking-hot Malik Newman? Omari Spellman vs. Udoka Azibuike? Can the ‘Cats own the boards again? There’s fun matchups everywhere in what should be a great game.

And now, the “news.”

Final Four: Villanova vs Kansas key storylines | SI.com
Can Kansas beat Villanova? Or will the Wildcats advance? Analyzing the Final Four matchup of the top seeds, including Jalen Brunson vs. Devonte' Graham and more.

You Know Sister Jean. Meet Father Rob. | The New York Times
Villanova has a beloved, long-tenured team chaplain, too, but he wants no part of a rivalry with Loyola-Chicago’s Sister Jean.

10 officials selected to referee Final Four, title game | CBSSports.com
Then 10 officials have been picked; who is reffing each game? See here

Top referee John Higgins won't work Final Four
"If an official errs on a rule, misses a game-deciding play or his miss-call ratio is too high, they are subject to not advancing in the NCAA tournament," Collins told ESPN on Sunday night.

13 things to think about heading into the Final Four | NCAA.com
Kansas, Villanova, Loyola Chicago and Michigan have survived and all head to San Antonio. Here are some things to ponder about this year's Final Four.

Freshmen accepted any role that would help Villanova reach the Final Four | Philly.com
True freshmen Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels contributed in ways beyond playing time.

A Hard-to-believe 2018 Final Four | ESPN
Villanova in the Final Four? Sure, not a big surprise. Same with Kansas? OK, Michigan turns a few heads. And then there's Loyola-Chicago. Welcome to an unexpected last act in college basketball's wild season.

Why your team will or won't win the national championship at the 2018 Final Four | ESPN
There's a very good reason Michigan, Loyola-Chicago, Villanova or Kansas will be standing at the top of a ladder a week from now. There's also a very good reason each won't.

Final Four teams, ranked for national championship chances | SBNation.com
The Final Four is locked in: Villanova, Kansas, Michigan, and Loyola-Chicago are going to San Antonio.

The Winners and Losers From the Elite Eght | The Ringer
Midnight hasn’t struck yet for Loyola-Chicago, as it’s still dancing along with Michigan, Kansas, and Villanova.

Kansas, Villanova commits at McDonald's game relish Final Four berths | Rivals
Jahvon Quinerly expects plenty of trash talk this week between himself and a trio of Kansas commits.

Marvin Bagley III and the loyalty game: How sneaker dollars transformed youth basketball | The Oregonian
Man it sure seems like Nike paid for the Bagley's to live life.

Speedy CB from Villanova catches scouts’ eyes | Lindy's
Trey Johnson had a hell of a Pro Day, running a 4.33 40-yard dash that has caught the eyes of the NFL.

No Jail For Car-Flipping Son Of Villanova Hoops Announcer | CBS Philly
A Villanova University basketball announcer's son who was arrested for flipping a car after the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl win won't do any jail time.