Villanova Played Slowly-and Lost Quickly

NCAA Tournament

Wisconsin is on to its sixth Sweet 16 in seven years.

"Hey", he said. "That's mine".

He sat in a corner of a shell-shocked Villanova locker room, on the other side of "One Shining Moment", engulfed in March Sadness this time.

They had no interest in souvenirs. "I appreciated it all", Jenkins said.

March can be just as cruel as it can be exhilarating. Much has been made about that seeding, as well as the seeding of many others in this tournament field.

After going on a giddy ride through the NCAA Tournament and leaving Houston with the national championship trophy last April, Villanova's 2016-17 season ended Saturday after just two tourney games. Villanova will not. Wright and his team cut down the net after winning the Big East, but a new team, be it the Badgers or another, will take hold of scissors and climb the ladder next Sunday. "We're going to hurt for a while until the tournament is over". "This is just crushing". For starters, the Wildcats looked like a team that was pressing a bit the two games in Buffalo, something that was uncommon for them through most of the past two seasons. Subsequently, they had to be tired of their Second Round matchup with the Wisconsin Badgers.

They will graduate Villanova having never lost back-to-back games.

Fifty weeks after being surrounded by confetti and with his arms extended to the Houston heavens, Kris Jenkins could only bend over at the waist and grab his knees at midcourt as the final shot of Villanova's season hit the KeyBank Center floor. "And when another team steps up and makes those plays and two great players like Koenig and Hayes make those plays, you got to give them credit". Koenig's shooting got the Badgers back into the game when they were down by seven, and Hayes sealed the deal.

Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson hit 10 of 15 shots, scored 27 points and had eight rebounds. The Badgers are heading to Madison Square Garden, not Villanova.

Sweet 16 for Wisconsin against the Virginia-Florida victor.

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It made sure that if they are going to join UCLA , Duke and Florida in the history books, they are going to earn it. Perhaps even Kentucky , with a title at the SEC tournament, could sneak into the mix for the final No. 1 seed .

"Seeds don't matter", Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said after his team beat the top-seeded Wildcats.

In a tense, tightly contested game throughout, Wisconsin went on a 15-5 run to close out the matchup, scoring key buckets in the final seconds.

Butler (25-8) will face either top seed North Carolina or No. 8 Arkansas in the South Regional semifinal Friday in Memphis. "I think we were intense on defense the whole game". "You have all types of your ranking systems, statistics, analytics guys. The thing is with those algorithms, they don't calculate heart, will to win, toughness, desire". Wisconsin played them tough from the get-go. That's how Hayes saw this entire tournament.

The Wildcats' early exit marked the 10th straight season the defending champion has failed to reach the Sweet 16.

Wisconsin stuck to its tried-and-true game plan, bleeding the clock on offense, playing hard-nosed defense and pounding the ball into the paint.

Ode to M.J.: UW senior Nigel Hayes scored the game-winner on a baseline move Michael Jordan used during his National Basketball Association career. "And you do whatever you can to make sure that doesn't happen".

The crown may have been too heavy for Villanova.

"He had the big-boy trousers on the last couple of weeks", Hart said. No one ever sees it coming, but it snuck up on the Wildcats particularly this year.

"These are my brothers", Hart said. He said he'd take them home to his apartment until his parents came by to take them back home to Ohio. "But I do know - and we've lived through it - that you are judged by how you play in this tournament, and that's the reality of it".

A more accurate location may have been "WATERLOO", for this is the western NY town where Villanova would not leave with its tourney life intact for a second time in four years.

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