For the first time in over 728 days, the Villanova Wildcats lost an NCAA tournament game.
The Wisconsin Badgers upset Villanova, 65-62, in the second round of the East regional. It was a back and forth contest as both teams traded baskets throughout the afternoon. The Wildcats held a 7-point lead with less than 6 minutes left in regulation but could not pull away, as the Badgers went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 57. Villanova regained the lead after senior guard Josh Hart converted 1 of 2 from the foul line but were unable to match the Badgers on offense (three made field goals) down the stretch, scoring only one field goal in the final three minutes.
Wisconsin senior forward Nigel Hayes had a team-high 19 points and recorded 8 rebounds, while senior guard Bronson Koenig and sophomore forward Ethan Happ scored 17 and 12 points respectively. Villanova was led in scoring by Hart, who had 19 points and redshirt freshman guard Donte DiVincenzo, who finished with 15 points.
The Badgers will return to the Sweet 16 for a fourth consecutive time, while Villanova’s remarkable 2016-17 season has come to an end.
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