How will recent Villanova success be remembered after latest early exit?

"They've definitely made an impact on and off the court", Maillet said. "They're fundamental. They don't press".

They've got the 3-seed Florida State Seminoles up next. We trap more, we press more.

"I'm not annoyed", Villanova coach Jay Wright told reporters afterward. "We'll have a chip on our shoulder and be ready to go".

Awesome would be Duke standing between Villanova and the chance to defend its national basketball championship in Phoenix. While Villanova could "afford" to act responsively on Thursday, such early backseat behavior to Wisconsin's famed defense-oriented line-up could be too fatal for 'Nova to easily overcome. Now he's just a complete basketball player. "I think in that Seton Hall game, our defense saved us". They limit opponents to 41.1 percent shooting, and rank eighth in defensive efficiency as compiled by, allowing 91.8 points per 100 possessions. The Badgers were in good position after starting 21-3 but had a stretch of five losses in six games before rallying to reach the Big Ten championship game, where they lost to MI 71-56 on Sunday.

Wisconsin called time with 20.3 seconds left and 14 on the shot clock. In just three years, he has turned the program from an 11-win team to one that has reached the postseason in two consecutive seasons.

Zach Leday scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half to pace the ninth-seeded Hokies (22-11), whose first NCAA visit since 2007 ended quickly. Jock Landale, who had a breakout season, led Saint Mary's with 18 points. "And I think they know that, you know?"

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The Wildcats likely can't afford another slow start against aBadgers team that topped Virginia Tech on Thursday behind Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes, two seniors with a pair of Final Fours on their resume.

"What I see in Villanova is a championship program type swagger", Gard said. "I drove baseline, and if you guys are familiar with a Michael Jordan highlight - the fake spin-back - I did my fake spin-back, got to my left hand and fortunately it went in".

As Showalter alluded, on offense, the Badgers will look to feed Happ and Hayes on the inside time and time again.

Villanova's Achilles' heel all season has been size and how it handled itself in the paint.

Not surprisingly, in preparation for Saturday's matchup, assistant coach Howard Moore showed UW clips from Villanova's game against Purdue. Mikal Bridges is a capable shot blocker, but Happ can draw the Villanova big man into foul trouble if he's fed in the post early. "It's just another team to them". "They have an elite-level player that can get 30 on anybody in this tournament". This is the lowest they have been seeded since 2009, when they were a No. 12 and upset Florida.

That mantra can be applied to Wisconsin as well. In the first five years of the 64-team bracket, there were six games between 1s and 16s decided by single digits - none more excruciatingly memorable than Georgetown's 50-49 squeaker over Pete Carril's Princeton team back in 1989.