Villanova’s opening night performance as a No. 1 overall seed did nothing to inspire confidence that this group – Nova’s seniors are 129-16 in the past four years – is capable of becoming the first team since Florida in 2007 to cut the nets down for the second straight year. I’m really mad that we didn’t win. “But that’s not an excuse because everyone is exhausted”. The Badgers equaled a season high with 13 three-point baskets – eight by senior guard Bronson Koenig – in their 84-74 first-round win over Virginia Tech.
I’ll start with Wisconsin.
“I think there’s some comparisons between us and Villanova, specifically defensively”, Gard said.
“That’s what I told myself”.
Marquette has a pretty young team, with only two seniors leaving the team this year: guard JaJuan Johnson and center Luke Fischer. “Be aggressive and let it fly”. What is a better show of Villanova’s true talent, the subpar 20 minutes the Wildcats played in the first half yesterday, or the 31-3 record they had coming into the game?
“We have a term, ‘shoot’em up, sleep in the streets, ‘ ” Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. “We don’t have time to figure it out”.
They are boosted most significantly by strong rebounding (17th in percentage of total rebounds grabbed), good ballhandling (34th in turnovers per 100 possessions) the ability to keep opponents from getting to the free throw line (42nd in opponents’ free throws made per field-goal attempt).
The Badgers are mostly known for their defense, but their 84-74 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday was the fifth-highest scoring NCAA Tournament game in program history, and their most since January 24.
Hayes’ makes came with UW holding leads of 2, 4, 4 and 1. After Madison Jones gave the Pirates a 46-45 lead, Hart responded by hitting a 3-pointer to have Villanova retake the lead again at 48-46. He said some players, such as Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes, tend to hold onto the ball too long when they’re on the outside.
“Henry was thinking about sitting me out”, Hayes said, “but I nearly put him in a choke hold”.
When the NCAA Tournament draw was made public, this potential game was immediately circled on even the casual fan’s calendar. They’ve also seen his intellectual curiosity and social activism make headlines off the court. Coach K is the owner of five national championships, 12 Final Four appearances, and a record 90 NCAA Tournament victories. Villanova’s Josh Hart is the Big East Player of the Year, on the short list of National Player of the Year candidates and just got done carrying the Wildcats to a Big East Tournament championship. The last two national champions squaring off in the World’s Most Famous Arena for the right to advance to the Final Four. think that would be a hot ticket? Despite the injury visibly hindering him, Allen adjusted his game, dishing 6 assists to go with 10 points.
“But I like our matchup”, Showalter said. “That air of confidence that borders arrogance”. The committee’s handling of the Big Ten (B1G!) was baffling, and as a result, it will be No. 1 Villanova and No. 8 Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in Buffalo.
It gave Koenig flashbacks to a game against IN six days earlier IN the Big Ten tournament, when he had trouble catching his breath. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 77.6 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 62.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting.
“They are similar in a lot of ways with their back-line defense, their physicality”, Wright said.
To me, this is a very scary game for defending champs.