Villanova kicked off its defense of its national title on Thursday night in Buffalo as the top seed in the entire NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt and Northwestern obviously had a great finish as well.
Marquette's Duane Wilson (1) shoots against SC during the first half in a first-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Friday, March 17, 2017. Kentucky's SEC tournament title has them set for a big run here in March.
Villanova just played a poor half-game and still won by 20 points. Lauri Markkanen and Rawle Atkins each scored 20 points.
To be precise, Villanova didn't a shot on its final four possessions. He moved well in the second half, but wasn't the same.
After Matt Farrell missed a one-and-one free throw attempt late in the game, the Tigers had a chance to grab the lead on their final possession, but Devin Cannady couldn't hit the corner 3-pointer. Hayes finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
#12 Nevada 73 #5 Iowa State 84: The Cyclones shot 42% from beyond the arc, and Nevada weren't capable of coming close to that.
The Badgers have played in 19 straight NCAA tournaments and improved to 15-3 in the round of 64 since 2000.
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Few said they looked better in person than they did on film - and after a grinder of a win, he's certainly more familiar with Daum and the Jackrabbits than members of the NCAA selection committee whose job it was to seed them. Would this be the first time a number-one seed lost in the first round?! They'll face the victor of Virginia vs.
It was Hayes who had kept Wisconsin from crumbling.
1 seed Villanova will square off against No. 8 seed University of Wisconsin, Madison. "They have an elite-level player that can get 30 on anybody in this tournament".
So the two upsets (judging by the spread) weren't really upsets, and neither were the two wins by lower-seeded teams. Putting up a career-high 28 points, Koening revealed a penchant for scoring in any form possible-at a time where peak performance is a requirement, Koening brought the necessary offensive heat. They can play fast or slow, with finesse or brute strength.
Wisconsin is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games after an ATS win. Tarik Phillip led WVU with 16 points, who'll face Notre Dame next. The quartet even made it to the 2015 National Championship game, but after an incredible turnaround last season, they wanted to continue to build upon their legacy. Bonzie Colson scored 18 points, and will be up against West Virginia next. That's a huge factor in so many games. The five evening games have No. 3 Florida State against No. 11 Xavier, No. 4 Butler against No. 12 Middle Tennessee, No. 2 Arizona against No. 7 St. Mary's, No. 4 Florida against No. 5 Virginia, and No. 4 Purdue against No. 5 Iowa State.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech made a tournament appearance for the first time since 2007 and just third time since 1986.
#12 UNC Wilmington 71 #5 Virginia 76: 147 points in a Virginia game?