UPSET ALERT: Wisconsin KO’s Villanova, There Will Be No Repeat Champion

SONG SELECTION:

Tokyo Police Club, “Feel The Effect”

Found on the Forcefield album, Released March 24, 2014 via Mom + Pop Records

Similar to last year when Duke was knocked off by Oregon in the West Regional Sweet 16 round, Villanova will not be back in the Final Four or repeat as national champion.

Wisconsin led most of the first 25 1/2 minutes of action, but Villanova rallied back to take a short lived 57-50 lead with 5:28 to play.  Thanks in large part to a balanced attack led by Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, both players combined to shoot 15 for 26 from the floor.  But it was center Ethan Happ’s three with two minutes left which proved to be the difference.

Hayes finished with 19, Koenig had 17, and center Ethan Happ had a nice game with 12 as the Badgers upset Villanova 65-62 in the East Regional Second Round game in Buffalo, New York.

Nigel Hayes scooped in a layup in traffic with 11.4 seconds left to put Wisconsin ahead 64-62.  As senior guard Josh Hart tried to tie the game, Happ stripped Hart of the ball and fouled Vitto Brown.  Brown split a pair of free throws with four seconds on the clock, but Villanova’s final heave from over half court fell short at the buzzer.

Josh Hart finished his college career leading the Wildcats with 19 points and sharing scoring honors with Nigel Hayes of Wisconsin.  Jalen Brunson chipped in with 11 points, but last year’s championship game hero Kris Jenkins managed to score only six points.

Wisconsin will head to Madison Square Garden next Friday night for a Sweet 16 encounter against either Virginia or Florida.

Meanwhile in Salt Lake City, Gonzaga had a 22 point lead in the first half before Northwestern made a game of it shredding the lead to only five points before Northwestern Head Coach Chris Collins left the bench and got a technical foul.

The score is Gonzaga 69, Northwestern 59 with 2:50 to play.

More updates later.

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