Perimeter defense key as Wisconsin Badgers look to upset No. 1 Villanova

Villanova head coach Jay Wright reacts to a play during the first half of a first-round men's college basketball game against the Mount St. Mary's in the NCAA Tournament Thursday

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.

"My theory, you have to beat everybody anyway to win the whole thing". Wisconsin's 13 three-pointers equaled a season high, and marked the fourth time in the past five games they've hit at least 10 three-pointers, all wins.

"It's not necessarily just stop their one guy", sophomore swingman Khalil Iverson said.

"Ranking and seeding is very subjective".

Hayes said Perez-Guerra deserves a lot of the credit for his Ironman streak. "The Badgers didn't do favors early in season when they weren't playing well". This isn't the Frank Kaminsky-Sam Dekker Wisconsin team that could run with the best of them. Coach K is the owner of five national championships, 12 Final Four appearances, and a record 90 NCAA Tournament victories.

The Wisconsin Badgers look for another victory after beating the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first round. The first took place at the 1995 Maui Invitational, where the Wildcats defeated the Badgers 66-58 on their way to the event's championship.

"They are similar in a lot of ways with their pack-line defense, their physicality", Wright said. "Look what they did past year against Xavier, they've been down this road before".

As for Wisconsin, the Badgers have been wildly up-and-down for the past month.

Wisconsin (25-9) was aiming for a higher seed this year with four seniors who were on the roster and two who played in the national title game two years ago (forward Nigel Hayes and guard Koenig). They've also seen his intellectual curiosity and social activism make headlines off the court.

Koenig, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, made headlines this year for protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.

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For them to survive Seton Hall's challenge, this will only embolden the squad come NCAA Tournament time. And on a lighter note, Brown has gotten attention for his singing, notably performing the National Anthem solo before Badgers games and also with his family group, Shades of Brown.

Fans in Buffalo couldn't have asked for a much better draw for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Elsewhere in the East Region you'll find the 10-seed Golden Eagles.

It's hard to imagine many No. 8 seeds from a major conference stacking up that well statistically with the country's elite schools, especially one that was highly ranked throughout the year. "I want to have a long career in the league and I'm going to take care of them for the rest of their lives".

Though many thought the Hokies had a chance to win this game, it was great to see them send off Zach LeDay and Seth Allen with such a gutsy performance.

Hayes and Josh Gasser are tied for most games played with the Badgers. At one point they were down 10-2.

What the Golden Eagles have working against them, Maillet said, is their defense and rebounding.

They said on Thursday night they put in their all for what was their last time in a Virginia Tech uniform.

All complaints aside, Villanova will beat this Wisconsin team if they play something like their B+ game. It is my senior year. That lack of experience and nerves could impact how well the team plays. "I think that's the biggest thing". A team like Duke could eat them alive, which is why Marquette's return to the Tournament will likely be short-lived.