In the last game of the day, Villanova squared off with Wisconsin. Wisconsin looking to upset the tournament favorites. Villanova are going to have to come out stronger than they did on Thursday against Mount St Mary’s. While as Wisconsin will look towards senior Bronson Koening and junior Ethan Happ to put points on the board against a strong Villanova defense.
Josh Hart with the games opening basket off tip, goes back down the court shortly and is fouled by Nigel Hayes, he makes one of two from the line.
Vitto Brown gets Wisconsin’s first points of the game from deep. Followed up by Nigel Hayes getting hacked down by Bridges, misses both.
Wisconsin playing tight man to man defense not allowing any shooting room, as for Villanova, they aren’t afraid of the Wisconsin three and focusing on guarding the paint. Both teams forcing each other into long possessions.
Ethan Happs twice now has gotten in deep and Villanova unable to cope with the 6-10 junior. He has four points thus far.
Timeout on the floor with 11:49 left in the half. Wisconsin lead 12-10. Wisconsin being allowed an extra split second on offense and is punishing Villanova for it. Vitto Brown knocking down two uncontested threes. As for Villanova, they’re just technically better on offense and Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo are working the perimeter moving the ball quickly giving little time for Wisconsin to adjust but have managed well.
8:24 left in the half, teams going end to end exchanging baskets. Josh Hart with a quick five points for Nova to bring the game within three.
Opportunities going wayward for both teams. Wisconsin allowing no space for Villanova to shoot but on the other end not always capitalizing on the opportunities they’re getting. Villanova has three offensive rebounds which has either lead to buckets or free throws. If Wisconsin control the boards in the second half, this game could look a lot different.
Overall in the first half, Wisconsin circling the ball a lot better than Villanova and work as a unit. You take Hart and DiVincenzo out of that offense and Villanova might as well go home.
The score at the half is Wisconsin 31, Villanova 27.
Wisconsin being lead by Bronson Koening and Vitto Brown both with nine points. As a team shooting 54.2% from the field but being kept in this game by their strong man to man defense. They are also leading 14-4 in points in the paint not having to rely on shooting deep.
Villanova yet again are going to need a second half to try and crawl their way back. They’re being lead offensively by Josh Hart with 10 points and Donte DiVincenzo who has nine off the bench. As a team they’re 8-27 from the field and have nothing to show for it, most of which being forced shots in bad areas.
Wisconsin are so patient on offense and can afford to be when they’re hitting over 50% of their shots. Nova on the other hand, it’s fast break or struggle badly.
15:33 left in the game. Wisconsin lead 37-33.
Bronson Koening gets his fourth personal foul of the game with over 13 minutes to play. Nova take advantage and the lead.
9:55 to go and Wisconsin took their foot off the gas pedal. Villanova has jumped out ahead and lead 48-43.
Nigel Hayes having a big day especially in the offensive board category. A lot of Wisconsin points coming from second opportunities.
Donte DiVincenzo knocks down two consecutive shots for five points. Nova putting this game to bed up seven with five minutes to go.
Wisconsin fight back and Bronson Koening hits a three followed by an Ethan Happ bucket. Wisconsin back in front.
Bronson Koening steps up big and knocks down another three, Jalen Bronson answers back. Wisconsin winning 62-61 with 1:24 left.
UPSET! WISCONSIN HOLD ON TO BEAT VILLANOVA 65-62.
Bronson Koening coming back into this game was a game changer, he finished with 17 points and Nigel Hayes finished with 19. Four of Wisconsin’s five starters were in double digits for points.
Josh Hart’s 19 points and Donte DiVincenzo’s 15 off the bench were not enough to take down the Badgers.
That’ll do it for my coverage of the March Madness tournament. God Bless.