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.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- Check all the Xs in the office pool and just-for-fun brackets and defending national champion Villanova and Duke are two of the biggest names eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats and Blue Devils would have been a matchup fit for the marquee at Madison Square Garden. But instead of getting the equivalent of Conor McGregor vs.
A look at some interesting things as we head into Sunday, when the NCAA Tournament will finalize its Sweet 16: __ SOMETIMES ... Southern Cal's De'Anthony Melton got as philosophical as a basketball player can get. When asked about the Trojans' second-round game with Baylor, he answered: "It doesn't matter who's better because sometimes the better team wins, the better team loses.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The crown may have been too heavy for Villanova. One title will have to do. Saddled with huge expectations and external pressure to repeat as NCAA champions, the Wildcats wilted down the stretch on Saturday and were knocked out of the tournament 65-62 by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, a team with an even richer March resume.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Villanova's unexpected loss to Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Tournament could send shockwaves across the March Madness field. Wisconsin's 65-62 win over the defending national champions in Buffalo not only sends the Badgers back to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season, it creates all kinds of opportunities in the East Regional -- and possibly beyond. With Villanova out, Duke becomes the de facto No.
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.
The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.
A look at some interesting things as we head into Saturday, the first day of the second round of the NCAA Tournament: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE There will be plenty of parent shots during two games Saturday. No. 12 seed Xavier and assistant coach Luke Murray, son of actor-comedian Bill Murray, faces third-seeded Florida State in Orlando, Florida.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Kris Jenkins has spent most of the past year being asked to relive "The Shot." Yep, that one. Now Jenkins is getting questions about whether he can drop anything through the rim.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It's going to happen. Maybe not Friday, when Kansas and North Carolina take their turn at trying to avoid history. But if not then, well, some year soon. A No. 1 seed is going to lose to a No. 16, and with the direction college basketball is going of late, it may not even be considered that big of an upset.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- For 20 minutes, Villanova looked ordinary, vulnerable, may be even a little scared. The Wildcats finished like champions. Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and the NCAA Tournament's top seed shook off a shocking start and stumbled forward in the East region Thursday night with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's.
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 look at some interesting things in Thursday's opening round the NCAA Tournament: ___ CHANCE TO REPEAT Villanova comes into the tournament not only as the overall No. 1 seed but as defending champion. No champion has repeated since Florida in 2007. "I think pressure is pressure, so you want to embrace it and try to allow it to make you better," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Sometimes the toughest coaching decisions aren't zone defense or man-to-man, but double breasted or vest? Fashion can be just as important on the road to the Final Four. Villanova's Jay Wright, West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams, whose tastes in clothing run from fine Italian silk to polyester, all offered the reasons for their sartorial choices on the sideline ahead of their first-round NCAA Tournament games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Along with the accolades, attention and autograph seekers, Villanova earned something else with its national championship. A target. In one year, the Wildcats have gone from the team that couldn't get past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament to the one to beat. What a difference a shot makes. From chokers to champions.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 1 Villanova (31-3) vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary's (20-15). First round, East region; Buffalo, New York; 7:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The tournament's top-seeded team, Villanova is trying to become the first school to repeat as national champions since Florida in 2006-07. Led by senior guard Josh Hart and forward Kris Jenkins, the experienced Wildcats lost twice to Butler during the regular season and once at Marquette.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 4 seed West Virginia (26-8) vs. No. 13 seed Bucknell (26-8) First round, West region; Buffalo, New York; 2:45 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The Mountaineers have stumbled down the stretch, going 11-6 after opening 15-2, and are seeking to avoid repeating a first-round upset last year. That's when third-seeded West Virginia lost to Stephen F. Austin.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- Kris Jenkins buried the 3-pointer that sparked book deals, red carpet photo ops, a White House trip, a handful of award banquets and hundreds of perks that come with winning a national championship.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Mother Nature is causing college basketball teams to alter their travel plans. Teams chasing a college basketball title are contending with an unexpected wrinkle that's making last-minute travel plans difficult -- a fierce storm bearing down on the Northeast that's expected to dump up to two feet of snow in some places and create blizzard-like conditions.