Veteran Villanova prepares for Wisconsin Badgers' fight

  • Veteran Villanova prepares for Wisconsin Badgers' fight

Veteran Villanova prepares for Wisconsin Badgers' fight

Marquette (19-13) gave fans some serious worries in the opening half, going up by 10 points.

Yet Koenig hasn't completely forgotten the next game, UW's 61-56 loss to Notre Dame in the Sweet 16.

Teams "have to be willing to die for the opportunity to play in a national championship", he said, adding: "I know it may sound extreme". But the Gamecocks used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take control. "But that's not an excuse because everyone is exhausted".

"I think I play best when I go out there with an "I don't really care" attitude", he 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". Tabbed as the team to beat - well, at least one of them - Villanova's players and coaches knew anything less than a return to the Final Four would be looked at as failure.

"He's done that throughout the year", UW coach Greg Gard said. They see the sands going through the hourglass knowing there's not much time left regardless of how we finish it out.

Hart would miss Villanova's answer and after a made free throw by Brown, Wisconsin emerged victorious. That mark was down significantly from last season, when hit made 73.6 percent of his attempts.

Virginia Tech: Williams has quickly turned around the Hokies program in just three years as they have moved themselves up the ladder in the ACC.

Hayes' makes came with UW holding leads of 2, 4, 4 and 1.

The best thing I can say about the first two days of this NCAA tournament is that they've left us with an excellent second round.

"NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden's unbelievable, obviously all the history and all that in MSG ... that would be incredible to play an NCAA Tournament game at MSG", Josh Hart said. He's made 34 of 66 3-pointers in the final five minutes over the past two seasons.

"They have been in this atmosphere and ultimately they have belief", UW associate head coach Lamont Paris said.

Villanova guard Mikal Bridges handles the ball during the second half of a first-round NCAA Tournament game against Mount St. Mary's.

Villanova wasn't exactly impressive early against Mount St. Mary's, entering the break with a one point lead against the 16 seed, but they took care of business down the stretch to win by 20 points. The Wildcats' record during the last four seasons is 129-16. Villanova then pulled away in the second half, although they came up short against the spread at minus-25. "That air of confidence that borders arrogance". Wisconsin will need to find a way to slow the pair down to keep Villanova from rolling on the offensive side of the ball.

The Badgers, meanwhile, downed Virginia Tech in the second game Thursday night to advance to Saturday's matchup.

Butler held Villanova to 24.0 percent 3-point shooting (12 of 50) and 40.7 percent shooting overall (44 of 108) in the teams' two meetings. "In that, he can score on there but he passes extremely well out of there", Wright said.

"I think (Marquette's) outside shooting has been unbelievable", Maillet said.