Villanova looks to future instead of at failed title defense

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.

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.

Big Ten rides NCAA Tournament surge with 3 teams in Sweet 16

This down year for Big Ten basketball just might end on an up note in the NCAA Tournament. Eighth-seeded Wisconsin took out No. 1 overall seed and defending national champion Villanova in a second-round game Saturday, and No. 7 Michigan ousted No. 2 Louisville on Sunday. In between, No. 4 Purdue defeated No. 5 Iowa State. None of the Big Ten's seven tournament teams were seeded higher than a No. 4.

No Repeat: Villanova fails down stretch while carrying crown

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.

INSTANT ANALYSIS: How Nova's early loss alters the bracket

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.

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.

The Latest: After quiet start, March Madness gets big upset

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.

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.

Not-so-super Nova: Top seed finishes Mount St. Mary's 76-56

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.

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.

Top 'Cats: Villanova begins title defense as biggest target

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.

A quick look at Villanova-Mount St Mary's in NCAA Tournament

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.

A look at the best to come in the NCAA Tournament

This year's NCAA Tournament has a chance to be just as good as 2016, when Kris Jenkins capped March Madness the most dramatic way possible with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win Villanova a title. North Carolina fans may not have liked it, but it was the perfect end to a wild tournament filled with upsets and great games. Plus, the Tar Heels are a No.