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Red alert: Wisconsin a harsh second-round test for Villanova

Red alert: Wisconsin a harsh second-round test for Villanovaā€¯

And they didn't take their first lead until just a minute remained in the first half.

"It's not necessarily just stop their one guy", sophomore swingman Khalil Iverson said. He seemed okay when i talked to him more than a couple days. "We got in about 6:30 last night and then we took a vehicle here". "He's a heck of a player".

In 2014, Wisconsin beat No. 1 seed Arizona in the national quarterfinals and the following year, the Badgers stunned No. 1 - and previously unbeaten - Kentucky in the Final Four.

Even though they haven't seen each other, the Wildcats said Friday that the Badgers remind them of Butler - a team that has handed Villanova two of its three losses this season.

"The beauty of the tournament is, if this was the season, I'd say 'Alright, we got to address this right now, ' " Wright said. They are better in defending the three-point shot (31.1 percent, 21st nationally) than Wisconsin (37.8 percent) and are nearly even in threes allowed (7.0 to 6.8). "And it's something that you need".

The senior class of Koenig, Hayes, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown has already accomplished more than many players dream about, including back-to-back trips to the Final Four, as well as a surprise trip to the Sweet Sixteen last season.

He finally got back into the game action Thursday night, and boy did he produce, 11 points, 7 rebounds and stellar on defense.

"South Carolina, to me, doesn't jump out with a huge fan base", Maillet said.

The Badgers received 28 points from Koenig and a 16-point, 10-rebound effort from Hayes in their opening-round win and only committed eight turnovers in a smooth overall performance.

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After Allen missed a 3, Koenig was off the mark, but junior center Ethan Happ scored on a putback, giving Wisconsin a 79-73 lead.

Hayes has been a bit of an enigma in the two seasons since Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker left for the National Basketball Association and he became the de facto focal point of UW's offense. Allen shook off a toe injury and finished with 10, but was only 3 of 10 from the field.

"We haven't really watched the film of that", Hart said. "They do a lot of similar things that we do". "We gave it our all, we just came up short".

Even after re-entering the game, Allen was visibly shaken and played with a slight limp for the remainder of the first half. "And then I remember getting really exhausted in the second half".

"They just know who they are", Moore said. "Our team doctor was here".

Gonzaga moves on to play Northwestern, which defeated Vanderbilt in its First Round game on Thursday. We've obviously endured a short roster all year long.

In this do or die contest, the Badgers played with what Coach Gard described as a "total team effort".

UW coach Greg Gard has seen three things at work in Hayes' late-season rise: He doesn't want his career to end, he's made some changes in his approach and the coaches have made some changes in how he is being used. They are really, really solid and physical, and locked in. They'll face Arizona next.



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