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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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) -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bronson Koenig and Wisconsin were showing serious signs of recovering from their late-season swoon, right up until the second half of the Big Ten title game. Going nearly 8 minutes without a field goal -- shooting 0 for 8 and turning the ball over four times in that span -- relegated the 24th-ranked Badgers to another second-place finish.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Michigan basketball team crammed a lifetime worth of memories into one magical week, and they received a treasured souvenir as a keepsake. After defeating No. 24 Wisconsin 71-56 on Sunday to win their first Big Ten Tournament championship, the eighth-seeded Wolverines held high the hardware that accompanied the feat. Before helping cut down the net, Michigan coach John Beilein gathered his players to deliver an emotional message.