Villanova hasn’t played for a national championship since 1985. Oklahoma hasn’t played for one since 1988. The Wildcats have one of the best collection of guards in America. The Sooners have the best guard in America in Buddy Hield. Both teams are 2-seeds coming off victories over 1-seeds.
Add it all up, and Saturday’s Final Four matchup between Villanova (33-5) and Oklahoma (29-7) could be special.1
“This is going to be probably the best game of the year,” former Villanova forward and 1985 NCAA Champion Harold Pressley said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Both of these teams, they are power-packed. They can score at will on anybody, and defensively both teams get after it. That game is going to be so fantastic.”
Villanova made the Final Four in 2009 but went six years without even a Sweet 16 appearance. The Wildcats, however, have silenced the haters, this after beating Iowa and Miami by a combined 42 points and outlasting No. 1 Kansas, 64-59, in the Elite Eight last weekend.
“Villanova, as you watched throughout the year, (has been special),” Pressley said. “People kind of still underrate them. Obviously because of what they’ve been doing in the tournament, everybody’s eyes are wide open now.”
Pressley, who scored 11 points in Nova’s title-game win over Georgetown, believes Jay Wright can get the job done in Houston.
“He’s an amazing guy,” Pressley said. “He’s the guy who just kept the ’85 team and all the other players from Villanova connected to Villanova and invites us back and bends over backwards to make sure that we feel like we’re still a part of it and that we’re happy (and that we have) anything we need. He’s just an amazing guy. And you’ll find that throughout Villanova, just beautiful people. I’m sure – and obviously I’m a little biased – but I’m sure this is the year. It’s been 31 years since Villanova won a national championship, but this is the year.”
Tip-off on Saturday is at 6:09 p.m. ET.