The defending NCAA Tournament champions will not repeat this year, as No. 8 Wisconsin knocked off No. 1 Villanova 65-62 in the second round of East region action on Saturday in Buffalo.

It was a back-and-forth, thrilling game throughout. And with the game tied 62-62, Badgers senior Nigel Hayes made this pretty baseline layup with 11.4 seconds left to serve as the game-winner:

(After the game, Hayes talked about being influenced by Michael Jordan’s fake spin move)

On the ensuing play, Villanova star guard Josh Hart tried to go up for a game-tying layup in the paint, but was denied with a great defensive effort from Wisconsin bigs Ethan Happ and Vitto Brown:

Brown was then fouled and made one of two free throws, but the Wildcats were unable to get a shot off, securing the Wisconsin upset victory:

Now, this upset certainly wasn’t as stunning as most 8-1 upsets, as Wisconsin (27-9) probably shouldn’t have been seeded as low as an eight-seed. And this is now — incredibly — the Badgers’ fourth consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance.

Here’s more Twitter reaction to the Badgers’ victory:


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