Why Villanova's Win Was Never Really in Doubt

Why Villanova's Win Was Never Really in Doubt

Why Villanova's Win Was Never Really in Doubt

Two of the made free throws completed 3-point plays to give UW leads of five and four points. Even though many thought the Badgers were under-seeded as an eight, very few saw them upsetting Villanova.

Five players are averaging at least 8.3 points per game for Villanova, they are: Josh Hart (18.9) Jalen Brunson (14.8), Kris Jenkins (13.4), Mikal Bridges (9.9) and Donte DiVincenzo (8.3).

Villanova coach Jay Wright likened UW to Butler in terms of defense, physical play and toughness. We couldn't score. I think [Thursday] night, second half, our defense saved us. "He's a heck of a player".

Badgers now advance to the Sweet 16 in NY to face the victor of Virginia, Florida. UW's best chance to upset top-seeded Villanova at the KeyBank Center will be to have guard Bronson Koenig hitting from the outside, center Ethan Happ operating inside and Hayes using his all-around game to fill in the blanks. B5Q ran a Facebook Live event about an hour after UW's name was called, and fans let us know how they felt (one was so infuriated he/she said my bedroom color was terrible.I'm still hurt by this).

I don't think that 'Nova will have that type of performance, or the one we saw when they dismantled Iowa in the second round a year ago. "And it's something that you need". The team finished the season second in the Big Ten and second in the Big Ten Conference championship, falling to MI 71-56. Koenig then committed what could have been a killer turnover with 36.4 seconds left when his pass out of a trap to Hayes was stolen by DiVincenzo, who was fouled by Hayes. Now, the Badgers get their shot at Villanova, in a Big 10-Big East showdown.

"Odds are, no matter who we played, unless it was Northwestern, we were going to have more newbies", Williams said.

Koenig couldn't miss, but while he did his damage from the outside for Wisconsin, the Hokies attacked inside with Leday muscling for layups off nice feeds from Seth Allen and Justin Robinson.

While UCLA achieved its breakthrough by moving away from the ball screen, one of these two West Coast powers is going to reach the second weekend due to its rolling-and-popping prowess. Allen shook off a toe injury and finished with 10, but was only 3 of 10 from the field.

"We're not there yet", Martin said after the cheers died down. "At the end of the day, they made more winning plays than us. It gave us trouble".

Allen left the court in the first half to get treatment on his toe.

The obvious size mismatch was on full display when the second half began. He obviously played less minutes (25) than normal. "He wasn't the reason why we lost, but it was a part of the story, for sure".

It's the Badgers 19th straight tournament appearance.

Wisconsin: With Koenig, Hayes and junior Happ, the Badgers have the necessary know how and talent to make another deep run.

Leading up to the Badgers game against Virginia Tech, we talked about how the Badgers bench needed to be more productive for a greater success for the team.

Hayes hit 8 of 9 attempts against Virginian Tech, all in the final 7 minutes 45 seconds of the game.

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