Final Four 2022: Excitement building as Villanova gets ready to take on Kansas

The big game is set for Saturday at 6:09 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS (WPVI) -- We are counting down to the Final Four showdown in the Big Easy.

The Villanova Wildcats are getting ready to take on No. 1 seed Kansas this weekend.

Action News' Sharrie Williams and Ducis Rodgers traveled to New Orleans and the city is already buzzing with excitement.

'Nova nation is a dedicated fan base that has proven it will travel to support its team. This trip to the Final Four is no different.

"I'm just happy to be here. You know, hashtag pinch me," said Ginny Bruton of Springfield, Pennsylvania.

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His resume is quite impressive and another Final Four run could cement his spot at the top.

When Action News landed Thursday, we saw two familiar basketball legends: longtime Thomas Jefferson basketball coach Herb Magee and St. Joe's basketball legend Phil Martelli.

"They are a blueblood program. This is where they set out to get to and this is where they get to because they have an extraordinary president, athletic director and a great coach," said Martelli.

Both Magee and Martelli say they're pulling for Jay Wright and the Wildcats.

"I think anytime a team is successful in the Philadelphia area, it's good for Philadelphia basketball. The other big five schools this year were down a little bit. So Jay's been carrying the banner for Philadelphia basketball, and I think he will continue to do so," said Magee.

Action News also caught up with former Eagles Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins who lives in Philadelphia and New Orleans. He invited us over as he is fresh off announcing his retirement from the Saints.

Jenkins has competed on the highest levels of the NFL, and he too was taking note of Jay Wright and the success of the Wildcats making yet another appearance at the Final Four.

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Malcolm Jenkins weighs in on success of Jay Wright, Villanova Wildcats. Sharrie Williams reports for Action News at 5 p.m. on March 31, 2022.

"It starts with Jay Wright and just building a culture. And he's somebody that I've heard speak in Eagles locker rooms. They brought him in to talk about his mentality and his approach as they were winning their championships a few years ago. And I knew then that he had what it takes to have longevity and success over a long period of time," said Jenkins.

The Wildcats are competing in their third Final Four in the past six NCAA Tournaments. In 2016 and 2018, they won it all. The game is set for Saturday at 6:09 p.m.
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