BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Defending champion and top overall seed Villanova bounced from NCAA Tournament in second round by Wisconsin.
Villanova fell 65-62 to No. 8 seed Wisconsin on Saturday in the second round of the East Regional.
Nigel Hayes led Wisconsin (27-9) with 19 points.
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 (27-9), who are going back to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. They’ll play next week at New York’s Madison Square Garden after knocking off Villanova (32-4).
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, but Villanova couldn’t get off a final shot.
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