No. 1 Villanova starts slow, finishes Mount St. Mary's 76-56

  • No. 1 Villanova starts slow, finishes Mount St. Mary's 76-56

No. 1 Villanova starts slow, finishes Mount St. Mary's 76-56

Lauri Markkanen and Rawle Atkins each scored 20 points.

To be precise, Villanova didn't a shot on its final four possessions. But the Gamecocks used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take control. He didn't improve from beyond the arc and struggled from the free throw line. The Cyclones beat No. 12 Nevada 84-73 in their first round matchup, but observers think they will fall to the Boilermakers in the next round.

It's the Badgers 19th straight tournament appearance. "They basically played themselves out of playing (first-round regional games) in Milwaukee". They'll face No. 7 seed University of South Carolina in the first round Friday night in Greenville, South Carolina. VCU managed to erase a 17-point deficit, but it was only to come close, not really make a difference.

"This is a great day for Gamecock basketball", said Alex English, the Denver Nuggets great who scored 22 points in that long-ago SC win. And the Badgers turned to Koenig and Hayes, two of their four senior starters, to get them within one win of another trip to the third round. It was Nigel Hayes in the end who helped the Badgers breakaway in the end. Wisconsin will need to find a way to slow the pair down to keep Villanova from rolling on the offensive side of the ball. Wisconsin is miffed at its lowest seeding in eight years.

DiVincenzo led the Wildcats with 21 points (9-15 FG, 3-4 3Pt) and 13 rebounds during the win over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Xavier play FSU in the round of 32.

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). "Marquette has proven that they can play well on the road".

#13 Bucknell 80 #4 West Virginia 86: As expected, the Mountaineers didn't have an easy day against the Patriot league champions, keeping a lead throughout the game but never feeling truly comfortable. After missing the Big Ten tournament due to a death in the family, Khalil Iverson added 11 points and seven rebounds in his return. The wildcard here is that the Badgers have three extremely talented stars and at times have looked like one of the nation's top teams, showing they have the potential for a massive upset.

#13 Winthrop 64 #4 Butler 76: Butler didn't trail once in the game as their defense held the Eagles for most of the game without serious runs. The elder McKie played in two NCAA Tournaments, losing as a No. 2 seed to Coppin State in 1997 and as a No. 3 seed to Richmond in 1998.

Villanova: The Wildcats showed why they're champions by stepping up when it counted, shooting 63 percent in the second half.

Outside of the fact that we won't be having a repeat victor - something that hasn't happened since 2007 when Florida won it's second of back-to-back titles - there's the bracket busting angle to consider.