Wisconsin in transition as successful seniors depart

Zak Showalter and Ethan Happ walked quietly down the middle of the court, arm in arm, away from Florida's celebration of a last-second victory. This NCAA Tournament loss is going to sting for a while for the Wisconsin Badgers. Decorated four-year careers for Showalter and his fellow seniors ended with an 84-83 loss in overtime to the Gators in the Sweet 16.

The Latest: Chiozza's 3 gives SEC an Elite Eight trio

The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday (all times Eastern): 1:15 a.m. The Southeastern Conference had a big Friday night. Chris Chiozza's incredible running 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted Florida past Wisconsin in overtime, and it gave the SEC three teams in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1986. Kentucky beat UCLA in the South Region, while South Carolina beat Baylor in the East.

Wisconsin returns to Sweet 16 to face No. 4 seed Florida

NEW YORK (AP) -- No. 8 seed Wisconsin (27-9) vs. No. 4 seed Florida (26-8) Sweet 16, East region; New York; about 10 p.m. EDT (15 minutes after first game). BOTTOM LINE: The Badgers are back in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season after upsetting defending champion Villanova in the second round.

Sweet 16 guide: Top NCAA matchups, players and story lines

The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and big-name programs. Here's a rundown of the top games, players, coaches and interesting story lines for the Sweet 16: ___ TOP GAMES UCLA vs. Kentucky, South Region; Friday, Memphis. Blue bloods in Bluff City.

Nigel Hayes' loudest statement: Getting Badgers to Sweet 16

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Nigel Hayes didn't have to say a word to make his loudest statement in the NCAA Tournament. The verbose forward's reverse layup with 12 seconds left to help beat top overall seed Villanova sent a resounding message to any doubters. The Badgers are back in the Sweet 16 again. "We tried to make sure the caravans of fans (were) full to capacity before we started the tournament.

Three No. 1 seeds, endless optimism among Sweet 16 teams

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren't a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be a surprise team in the regional semifinals, but with their 3-point prowess, the Musketeers are capable of shooting their way past any opponent.

Villanova loss, ACC flameout reshape NCAA Sweet 16 bracket

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference's strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament. The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South Region's No. 1 seed was fortunate to survive a second-round game against Arkansas to get there.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ EAST REGION WISCONSIN 65, VILLANOVA 62 BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.

Topple-seed: Villanova stunned 65-62 by Wisconsin in NCAA

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court. There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions -- and No. 1 overall seed -- are done. On Wisconsin.

Villanova out in 2...Xavier advances...Gonzaga holds on...Spurs fall in Memphis...Caps, Jackets win

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The top-seeded Villanova Wildcats are out of the NCAA Tournament after just two rounds. Nigel Hayes hit a tiebreaking layup with 11.4 seconds left as the eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers beat Villanova, 65-62. Hayes finished with 19 points and Bronson Koenig (KAY'-nihg) had 17 despite foul trouble to help the Badgers eliminate a No. 1 seed for the third time in four years. ORLANDO, Fla.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT Wisconsin ousts Villanova UNDATED (AP) -- There will be a new champion crowned in NCAA men's basketball on April 3. Wisconsin made sure of that by knocking off Villanova. Nigel Hayes hit a tiebreaking layup with 11.4 seconds left as the eighth-seeded Badgers beat the No. 1 overall seed, 65-62.

Red alert: Wisconsin a harsh second-round test for Villanova

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Hanging on the wall just outside Villanova's locker room is a sign pointing the players toward the floor. It should read: Danger ahead. Wisconsin's waiting. Of all the teams the top-seeded Wildcats may face on their journey to a possible second straight NCAA championship, the eighth-seeded Badgers just might pose the biggest threat.

Villanova follows up shaky outing with experienced Wisconsin

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 1 seed Villanova (32-3) vs. No. 8 seed Wisconsin (26-9). Second round, East region, Buffalo, New York, 2:40 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The top-seeded Wildcats showed some surprising jitters in their opening-round win over No. 16 Mount St. Mary's, who showed zero fear and took it to the defending national champions in the first half.

Koenig shoots Wisconsin past Virginia Tech 84-74

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- There's little left for Bronson Koenig to accomplish at Wisconsin. Over four years, he has done it all, seen it all. He's not ready for his run to end. Koenig made a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points and fellow senior Nigel Hayes added 16 as NCAA Tournament-tested Wisconsin advanced in the East Region with an 84-74 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION NORTHWESTERN 68, VANDERBILT 66 SALT LAKE CITY -- Northwestern got its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, 68-66 over Vanderbilt, after Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard Bryant McIntosh on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left.

The Latest: Arizona takes 1st step, beats North Dakota

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times EDT): 12:55 a.m. It's been 20 years since a Pac-12 team won the national championship, and Arizona is out to match what the 1997 Wildcats pulled off. They're off on the right foot, beating North Dakota 100-82 in the final game of a day that saw two teams make their NCAA Tournament debuts. Northwestern's inaugural visit ended in a stunning victory over Vanderbilt.

A quick look at Wisconsin-Virginia Tech in NCAA Tournament

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 8 seed Wisconsin (25-9) vs. No. 8 Virginia Tech (22-10) First round, East region, Buffalo, New York; 9:40 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: This group of Badgers is tournament tough with 11 NCAA wins and three Sweet 16 appearances over the past three seasons -- more than any other school. Wisconsin has made the national quarterfinals five times in the past six years.

One last NCAA hurrah for Wisconsin's Hayes and Koenig

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Clutch shots. Final Four experience. Press conference hijinks. Seniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig have been through just about every conceivable situation at Wisconsin, including two Final Fours and a midseason coaching change. They've got one last shot to make a run in the NCAA Tournament. "They understand it's one at a time," coach Greg Gard said. "If you don't play well, it will only be one game.