Perimeter defense key as Wisconsin Badgers look to upset No. 1 Villanova

Mar 19, 2017, 00:52
Perimeter defense key as Wisconsin Badgers look to upset No. 1 Villanova

Wisconsin plays Virginia Tech at 8:40 p.m. central time Thursday.

Even the lower-seeded teams that won were not surprising.

The eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers knocked off No. 1 overall seed Villanova 65-62 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the Sweet 16. They had reached two Final Fours, upset two No. 1 seeds and two No. 2's along the way. But there was still a lingering question about Villanova entering Saturday's second-round meeting with Wisconsin.

"It's a great gym, a great facility, there are great people that run it", he said of Island Garden in West Hempstead, mindful it once was the home of the Nets.

"He's got the best hands of any player his size we've played against, and also the best feet". And as Jay Wright's team proved previous year, making it out of a tough region can be extremely advantageous once you make the Final Four. "Because they have multiple guys who can do multiple things, so we just gotta go out there and play team defense". "We can't worry about what was decided in a committee room".

Sometimes it ends with a dogpile on the last Monday night of the college basketball season with the world watching and a One Shining Moment tribute, and most of the time it doesn't, and this time it ended in sorrow in the KeyBank Center.

After the bracket announcement, Williams tweeted out a video of him line dancing to celebrate the school's return to the Big Dance. When Thornwell, voted Southeastern Conference player of the year by league coaches, nailed his third 3-pointer with 6:37 to play, SC was up 76-67 and pulling away.

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While Wisconsin is playing in its 19th straight NCAA Tournament, the fourth-longest active streak, this is Virginia Tech's first appearance since 2007.

"It was kind of planes, trains and automobiles a little bit, but we made it safe and sound", Jackson said.

Koenig made five 3-pointers in the second half and the Badgers needed every last one.

Hayes finished with a solid 16 points, including 14 of those in the second half. Both teams shot under 40% from the field, but the Zags offensive rebounding made things easier. Kris Jenkins, 23, went 2 for 13 and missed all six three-pointers after being a hero in the 2016 tourney, scoring the final three-point buzzer shot that gave the Wildcats the national championship over North Carolina.

Chris Flemmings had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead UNC Wilmington.

The victor of this contest advances to the NCAA East Regional Semifinal, a.k.a., "Sweet 16" next Friday night at New York's Madison Square Garden. Nigel Hayes added 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Badgers while Ethan Happ struggled to get to his 10 point mark.

B1G BEATERS: The Hokies already have two wins over Big Ten opponents this season, defeating Nebraska and MI in back-to-back games in November. However, Villanova's redshirt freshman split a pair of free throws with 36.4 seconds left, giving the ball back to Wisconsin and Gard called time.