Lagerald Vick had 29 points, while Dedric Lawson had 28 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday for the Jayhawks, who made half of their shots on the afternoon. It was a back and forth affair for the entire game, with both teams trading early-game runs to build eight-point leads apiece. After that, it was close the rest of the way, with Kansas holding a two-point lead on the break. They outscored the Wildcats, 41-40, in a thrilling second half, hanging on to avoid the upset.
Devon Dotson made four clutch free throws in the final 1:10 and finished with 11 points, helping Kansas snap a three-game losing streak against Villanova. Two of those losses have come in the NCAA Tournament, but this is a different looking Nova team than what they have been facing in March and April the past couple years.
Phil Booth led the Wildcats with 29 points, as one of the few players left from last season's team did his best to keep his team in the game the entire way. Jay Wright's team has now dropped two of their three true road games this season, and are expected to fall out of the AP Top 25 on Monday after their loss to Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
The soon to be unranked defending champions will have the entire week off before they play host to UConn next Saturday. Meanwhile, Kansas will stay home to host South Dakota on Tuesday night.