UW 65, Villanova 62: Badgers rally to topple top-seeded Wildcats

BUFFALO – Wisconsin coach Greg Gard and his players will look back on their epic battle with defending champion Villanova with an intoxicating mix of pride and joy.

The No. 8- seeded Badgers can revel in the fact they persevered through turnovers, lackluster work on the defensive glass, foul trouble and missed free throws and then wiped out a seven-point deficit in the final 5 minutes 7 seconds to stun the Wildcats, 65-62, in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Saturday at KeyBank Center.

“Five minutes is an eternity,” said UW senior guard Zak Showalter, who was so excited afterward that he nearly passed out. “If you go ask Villanova I guarantee they’re saying the same thing right now.”




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