Instant Replay: No. 8 Wisconsin ends No. 1 Villanova's bid to repeat

Instant Replay: No. 8 Wisconsin ends No. 1 Villanova's bid to repeat

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nigel Hayes' driving layup with 11 seconds gave Wisconsin a 65-62 win over top-ranked and top-seeded Villanova at KeyBank Center, ending the Wildcats' bid to repeat as national champions.

Villanova led by seven at 57-50 with five minutes left, but Wisconsin outscored the Wildcats, 15-5, the rest of the way, limiting Villanova to just one basket during that stretch.

After Hayes put the Badgers ahead, Josh Hart drove the lane with a chance to tie the score, but he was tied up in the paint and lost the ball with four seconds left.

Villanova fouled Wisconsin's Vitto Brown, who hit the first of two foul shots, and Villanova wasn't able to control the rebound until it was too late to put together a potential game-tying three.

Hart finished his brilliant Villanova career with 19 points, freshman Donte DiVincenzo added 15 points and five rebounds and sophomore Jalen Brunson added 11 points, all in the second half.

But they just didn't get enough help, and Villanova's season-long depth issues were glaring against a Wisconsin team that won 26 games this year, was ranked as high as seventh during the season and goes 10 players deep.

Kris Jenkins, the sharp-shooting hero of last year's NCAA Championship Game, continued to struggle, going 2 for 9 from the field and 0 for 2 from range. He was 0 for 8 from three in Villanova's two tournament games and 2 of 19 in the last four games.

Jenkins, Darryl Reynolds and Mikal Bridges, three Villanova starters, combined for just eight points.

What it means
Villanova became the 24th team in the last 25 years to fail to repeat as national champions. Since 1993, only Florida in 2006 and 2007 has won back-to-back national titles.

Villanova also lost for the fourth time in eight years as a No. 1 or No. 2 seed to an opponent seeded No. 7 or lower.

They also lost as a No. 2 seed in 2010 to No. 10 St. Mary's, they lost as a No. 2 seed in 2014 to No. 7 seed UConn -- the eventual national champion -- and they lost as a No. 1 seed in 2015 to No. 8 seed North Carolina State.

Since 2010, No. 1 or 2 seeds are 113-24 vs. teams seeded No. 7 or lower, with Villanova responsible for four of those 24 losses.

Wisconsin improved to 27-9 and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year, fifth time in the last six years and 10th time in the last 18 years.

Stat of the day
These two NCAA games mark the first time Jenkins has failed to hit at least one three-pointer in consecutive games since December 2015 when he was 0 for 4 vs. Delaware and 0 for 2 vs. Penn.

Turning point 
Bronson Koenig hit two deep right-corner threes a minute apart to get Wisconsin back in the game after they trailed by seven with 5:06 to go.

By the numbers
Villanova was just 5 for 16 from three and 1 for 5 in the second half. … For Wisconsin, Koenig, playing much of the game with four fouls, finished with 17 points. Hayes added 19 points and eight rebounds while Ethan Happ added 12 points and eight boards. … Villanova shot 54 percent in the second half but missed three foul shots in the final three minutes.

What's next
Wisconsin advanced to the Sweet 16 and will play East Region semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday against the winner of a game later Saturday between Florida and Virginia.

This is Wisconsin's 10th trip to the Sweet 16 -- all in the last 17 years. It's the Badgers' fourth straight Sweet 16 and sixth in the last seven years.

Villanova to host Lafayette at Allentown's PPL Center

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Villanova to host Lafayette at Allentown's PPL Center

Villanova will be playing all of its home games away from campus this season as The Pavilion undergoes renovations.

And for one night in November, the Wildcats will call Allentown home.

The program announced Monday that the 'Cats will host Lafayette at Allentown's PPL Center on Friday, Nov 17. Game time and broadcast information will be released at a later date.

This will actually mark the second time the Wildcats host a game at PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL minor-league affiliate. The 'Cats hosted Lehigh there in November 2014 and came away with a 77-66 victory in the first college basketball game ever played at the arena, which opened in September of that year.

With the renovations to soon-to-be-rechristened Finneran Pavilion underway, Jay Wright's team is expected to play the vast majority of its games this season at the Wells Fargo Center, its home away from home for the last several years. The Wildcats' full schedule and game location details are expected to be released sometime in September.

The 'Cats are coming off a 32-4 season that included Big East regular-season and conference tournament titles and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament but also ended in bittersweet fashion with a second-round upset loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament.

Lafayette is coming off the heels of an ugly 9-21 record that at one point included a nine-game losing streak from Jan. 11 to Feb. 5.

The Wildcats and Leopards met in last year's season opener at The Pavilion and the 'Cats promptly asserted dominance with an 88-44 victory.

Villanova's women's basketball team will also play at PPL Center on Nov. 17 as it will host Lehigh.

The Wildcats' women's team, which will play its home games this coming season on campus at Jake Nevin Fieldhouse, went 20-15 last season reached the semis of the WNIT before falling to Michigan.

Former Villanova star Ryan Arcidiacono joining pro team in Italy

Former Villanova star Ryan Arcidiacono joining pro team in Italy

The modern-day Italian Stallion is headed to his homeland.

After playing last season with the Austin Spurs, San Antonio's G League affiliate, former Villanova star Ryan Arcidiacono is headed overseas to play for Juve Caserta in Italy's Lega Basket Serie A. The Neshaminy High School alum is currently playing for the Chicago Bulls' summer league team and will have an "NBA out" clause in his contract in the case that one of the 30 teams offers him a chance to return to the US.

In a statement, Juve Caserta president Raffaele Iavazzi said that it was his personal dream to bring Arcidiacono to Juventus and expects the 2015 national champ's court vision, leadership and determination to be key factors that will be building blocks for their organization. Juve Caserta won just 12 of its 30 games last season, finishing in 13th place among 16 teams, but was able to avoid relegation to Serie B.

With Villanova, Arcidiacono averaged 12.5 points, 4.2 assists and 39.4 percent from three-point range as a senior before becoming a pro. Last season, he played in 47 D-League games and averaged 6.5 points per game.