Badgers win thriller over No. 1 Nova, headed to Sweet 16

Tricia Pearson
March 19, 2017

No tears. No hysterics. That magazine cover dagger into the heart of North Carolina last April will forever be the last NCAA tournament 3-pointer he makes in his life.

"I don't think the intensity dropped for us", DiVincenzo said. "I'm proud of the way that we fought to the end". And then as we got toward the end of the game, it was like wow!

Princeton doesn't leave its Ivy League reputation for academic behind just because the Tigers are in the NCAA Tournament.

Tied at 62 with the defending champions and No. 1 overall seed, Hayes received the ball at the baseline and made a gorgeous fake before tip-toeing along the baseline before putting in a reverse layup to give his team a two-point lead with just 11.4 seconds left to play.

It is a cruel game in March. That's what you want to be as a Villanova basketball player.

"I don't know who we're favored by, but we don't really look at those things", junior forward Brandon Goodwin said.

And for Villanova, it is one that is too familiar now.

A year ago this weekend, Koenig authored the tournament's first buzzer-beating dagger, a corner three as time expired to knock off No. 2 seed Xavier in St. Louis.

"He had the big-boy trousers on the last couple of weeks", Hart said. "It's something that happened". You only get to play. He has long stated that he will take that outside heat.

But let's also acknowledge that this - Saturday's upset, the regrettable matchup for Villanova - is why the tournament is great.

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If KSU wants to continue dancing in March, they'll have to play better defense. "We don't just have to wait and wait to practice". I'll take the Demon Deacons plus-1.5 points. "We have actually seen them play a lot throughout the whole year", Iwundu said.

It is matchups and luck that ultimately determine the victor of this thing. That's incredible. It's a moment that Villanova fans will never forget, and the shot that won the title will go down in history and one of the greatest moments in the history of sports.

"THERE SHOULD be nothing negative about this tournament", 16th year Villanova coach Jay Wright said of his team's three second-round exits in the past four seasons.

Wisconsin, KenPom's now-No. 19 team in the nation, was seeded on the same line as Arkansas (36th), Northwestern (38th) and Miami (Fla.) (40th).

The teams went back and forth in the second 20 minutes until Arizona went on an 11-2 run sparked by Trier, who took over the second half. That team could go to the Final Four.

They all ran into an unappreciated Wisconsin team. "Me included. Till the last second of that game, I thought we had a chance to win the game so I wasn't thinking about this or dealing with this". They had another possession where the shot clock went down to zero, and then there was a foul called at the shot clock, so they got a whole other possession. And now it's more a measured, leveled, and we know we've got a job to do. "Of course this year we're not going to be able to sneak up on anybody like we did last year".

The magic is fragile and fickle and can vanish quicker than it came.

5-2 Wisconsin's record in NCAA Tournament games decided by three points or fewer, tied for the second-most such wins over the last 10 seasons. "And when another team steps up and makes those plays, and two great players like Koenig and Hayes make those plays, you've got to give them credit". That's how they played all year.

Of facing the Badgers, Wright explained, "It was fun to be part of it ..." We don't really have a, not to say no one is solid, but we do have some consistency, but when it comes to the post that is where they score. Koenig scored nine first-half points.

This tournament exposes everything about what a team is made of. Winning a national championship is one of the most hard things to do in college basketball. That ended up being a huge factor against a deep and talented team. The Seminoles, the ACC runners-up, end their season at 26-9.

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