Nigel Hayes had 19 points and three other Wisconsin players were in double figures in the 65-62 triumph, as the Wildcats became the first top seed to fall in the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers shot 53.1 per-cent from the field and now move on to the Sweet Sixteen to take on the Gators of Florida.
A generally anaemic offense was always going to be the Achilles’ heel of the Virginia Cavaliers and one of the reasons that a number of pundits gave credence to a potential upset by UNC Wilmington in the opening round.
The Cavaliers survived that particular scare, but a 16-of-54 day shooting from the floor was enough to send Virginia packing as they fell 65-39 to Florida.
Sunday the bottom half of the East Regional will be set when second ranked Duke takes on South Carolina and Baylor and USC meet.
The Blue Devils will fancy their chances now that Villanova has been removed from consideration, but would do well not to look past the Gamecocks who have victories over Michigan and Florida this season.
Baylor remains a fascinating side and one that appears under appreciated. Unranked at the start of the year the Bears defeated Oregon, Michigan State, Louisville and Xavier in the first month of the season and were tied for second with West Virginia and Iowa State in a tough Big 12 during the regular campaign.
Baylor will overlook USC at their peril, but all signs point to a potential classic clash in the Sweet Sixteen against the Blue Devils.