College Basketball Wisconsin Badgers vs Villanova Wildcats Start Time, Betting Odds

Evrard Martin
Mars 19, 2017

But when you compare its numbers with those of Villanova, not usually considered at the same level at the defensive end as the Badgers, it could look like a pretty even game when the two teams meet Saturday at KeyBank Center in the second round of the NCAA East Regional.

"I've seen him do a lot of things", Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "They're fundamental. They don't press". "They wouldn't let us land in Buffalo on the first pass". The Wildcats started slowly, taking six minutes before they scored their first bucket of the game.

"It was great", he said, "because no one knew who we were, they didn't know we were national champions".

"I think (Marquette's) outside shooting has been unbelievable", Maillet said. "What this time of year brings, you're dealing with versatile teams, you're dealing with versatile players, and that's why they're here".

It's been a roller-coaster season for Nigel Hayes, the Wisconsin Badgers senior who was supposed to have the best year of his career.

Five players are averaging at least 8.3 points per game for Villanova, they are: Josh Hart (18.9) Jalen Brunson (14.8), Kris Jenkins (13.4), Mikal Bridges (9.9) and Donte DiVincenzo (8.3). Villanova then pulled away in the second half, although they came up short against the spread at minus-25. Past year we played in the national championship game. They spent 10 weeks in the top 15 of the poll and made the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament. Hit 2 3-pointers in the final 11.7 seconds, the first to forge a tie and the second just before the buzzer to give UW the victory.

Allen left the court in the first half to get treatment on his toe. St. Mary's Thursday night, its struggles from deep were a major reason why they led by only one point at the break.

"You can definitely say I was looking for my shot", Koenig said.

His three-game shooting totals - 53.1 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range, 80 percent from the free throw line - were in stark contrast to an up-and-down offensive season that saw him score three points against Chicago State, 28 against Oklahoma and just about everywhere in between.

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

As Showalter alluded, on offense, the Badgers will look to feed Happ and Hayes on the inside time and time again.

It's curious to think that a team coming off an NCAA championship could still carry around a reputation for getting bumped off early in the tournament.

Villanova must dig in for a low-scoring, grind-it-out game. Moore said he also showed tape from the Wildcats' matchup with Notre Dame, another team with an elite forward, and clips from Villanova's Big East tournament run as well.

Wright, like just about everyone else who follows college basketball, is keenly aware of Hayes, who has been a fixture on the national stage since his freshman year.

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