After you finish reading this, head on over to their neighborhood to see the Q&A with our very own Brian Ewart. It was a gut-wrenching moment for Wisconsin fans. "We're not dwelling on (last night) but what we have got to do on Saturday". Asked a couple of our writers as well, and there's not really an antagonism towards the Big East.
#13 East Tennessee State 65 #4 Florida 80: Devin Robinson got hot in the second half to help Florida break away from the pesky Bucs, in a wild game with 32 combined turnovers.
UW will need all its tournament experience to dethrone an experienced Villanova team which has lost just three games-two to Butler by eight points apiece and by two points to Marquette.
"I think once the ball goes up, guys just play", Gard said. "I've served my time". How the committee made their picks (maybe RPI and strength of schedule over KenPom and other metrics), I'm not sure.
"I'm not annoyed", Villanova coach Jay Wright told reporters afterward.
Hayes is eyeing his fourth consecutive double-double and has outperformed his season scoring average (13.6 points) in each of the last three contests. "But let's hope we learn from those games". What would you do if you were the Wildcats? Nova fell to the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon in a game that is an early candidate for game of the tournament.
With Koenig now getting hot again (he was near NBA Jam on fire mode on Thursday), it's a tough decision. His footwork inside and ability to get to the rim for easy bunnies makes him the clear focal point for any defense. Koenig hit his first two shots but cooled quickly and finished 1 of 6 from 3-point range and 3 of 12 overall. One of the trends in those losses was a struggling Kris Jenkins, who went 5 of 26 from the field in those three games. But the Gamecocks used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take control. If they shoot lower than 35 percent, even with a relative good defense that's been prone to some mishaps this year, it won't be pretty. "I've watched him win two state championships". 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.
For Villanova, it's a bitter end to a great season by the Big East champions, who came into the tournament expected to at least escape the East's bracket but had their hopes busted and will have to relish those moments from past year when they won their first title since 1985. Nigel Hayes scored the go-ahead basket and the Badgers' defense kept Josh Hart from scoring twice in the final few possessions. Please settle the debate once and for all. That's the big show.' It kind of looks to me like that's what he did. That was a term starting to be used right as I was about to graduate. As Wisconsin's four-year guard Zak Showalter said, "Obviously, this group of four seniors has been in a lot of big games in our career, and really got a lot from Wisconsin".