First 1-Seed Bounced From NCAA Tourney

Wisconsin stuns Villanova
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2017 4:53 PM CDT
Villanova guard Josh Hart, center, drives to the basket against Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, left, and forward Vitto Brown, right, with three seconds remaining in the second half of a second-round men's...   (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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(Newser) – 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, the AP reports. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.4 seconds left to put Wisconsin ahead 64-62, and Bronson Koenig added 17 for the tournament-toughened Badgers, who are going back to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. Josh Hart scored 19 to lead Villanova, but the senior guard was stripped by Wisconsin center Ethan Happ on a drive in the final seconds. Wisconsin's Vitto Brown then split a pair of free throws with four seconds left, and Villanova couldn't get off a final shot. (Read more March Madness stories.)

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