Perspective: Every year since 2010, at least one No. 1 seed has taken the fall in the second round.
Villanova coach Jay Wright had nothing to complain about Saturday after his team fell short in its bid to repeat as national champions.
Hayes, therefore, looked perfectly serene Saturday in front of a not-so-serene crowd at KeyBank Center as No. 8 seed Wisconsin picked off Villanova, the defending national champion and the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. The Badgers' best player, forward Ethan Happ, was in foul trouble and would soon be in worse foul trouble, as would their best outside shooter, Bronson Koenig. The committee's handling of the Big Ten (B1G!) was baffling, and as a result, it will be No. 1 Villanova and No. 8 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in Buffalo. By "punch for punch", it means there's a game of runs.
Not only did the Badgers take care of business in the First Round, but they also entered March Madness after being grossly under-seeded in the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket.
One of them he will be talking to is sophomore Jalen Brunson. Redshirt freshman guard Donte DiVincenzo added 15 points including three three-pointers. Through 39 games this season the Badgers have been outshot just once. His shooting woes had been a recent theme for the Wildcats.
Today, everyone of those seniors stepped up, and the team's success was no surprise. He scored seven quick points and as the game approached the midpoint of the first half it was deadlocked at 12. Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Trae Jackson making big plays and just learning from those guys. On Thursday, he shook off first-half stomach discomfort that often left him breathing heavy and hunched over to set a new school record with eight three-pointers in a win over Virginia Tech, many of them contested pull-ups.
You see the Badgers, 27-9, own a glittering recent history in the NCAAs, having now made the Sweet 16 in four straight seasons and have 13 tournament victories over the past four campaigns, the most of any Division I team in the country.More news: Could California end Daylight Saving Time?
However, the sledding got much more challenging the rest of the way. In the game, Brown would have even more shining moments. "Let's start with these two this weekend".
Hart worked his way into the paint to try and tie the game for Villanova, but Happ held his ground inside and Hart lost the ball.
Brown, whose only previous points had come on a trio of three-pointers, made the first shot then missed the second, giving Villanova a chance to tie.
Notre Dame, the only team to reach the Elite Eight round of the last two NCAA tournaments, finished the season at 26-10. He didn't disappoint today, and will be crucial if Wisconsin wants to make it even further in the tournament.
Hayes, who has scored 166 points in the tournament in his career, then made the two biggest as he drove baseline and dropped his reverse layup on the left side to give the Badgers a 64-62 lead with 11.4 seconds left.
Koenig almost turned from hero to goat on a later possession.
Hart, Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds had won 129 games across four years. Hart - who ended the day with 19 points - responded with consecutive points for VU. Following a pair of empty possessions, Villanova's trap on Koenig just past midcourt led to a turnover and free throw opportunities for DiVincenzo. If that all wasn't enough, Hayes played almost the whole game, sitting out for less than one minute. The thing with all those algorithms, they can't calculate heart, will to win, toughness, desire. In their final regular season series against Minnesota, the Badgers put 69 shots on goaltender Sidney Peters but came away with only one goal.