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Open Game Thread : NCAA Tournament Game #3 : #12 Villanova Wildcats vs. #1 Kansas Jayhawks

Here we are. A win gets us into the Elite Eight for the second straight year, leaving us at the doorstep of the ultimate destination for all 341 Division 1 college basketball programs. The Final Four.

But before we reach that doorstep we have to get out of the car and walk up the sidewalk to that door. There is no easy path to this doorstep, no gimme wins. Once you are at the figurative house, the regional site, each and every team is tough, talented and confident. If you want to win you have to play up to your potential, or sometimes even above it. This is where legends are made.

We need a legend-in-the-making to emerge tonight, to lead us to victory against a pesky Villanova Wildcats team. If we play up to our potential, no way we lose this game.

So, what will it be? Will we play up to our potential and advance, or will we bow out early? It is all in the hands of our Jayhawks, it is now just a matter of how they respond.

Prediction: Villanova 67 Kansas 79