It would be easy to say Wisconsin shocked Villanova: a 8 beating the number one seed overall. But that’s not a shock at all.
No shock because Wisconsin was no 8; we talked about that the second the brackets dropped. And especially no shock when you look at how this season has gone overall.
And no shock when you look at the first week of the tourney. Arkansas nearly got North Carolina. South Carolina got Duke. And a couple of the higher seeds did struggle early on. So Wisconsin beating Villanova isn’t some stunning development.
Especially when you have a senior like Nigel Hayes who you know is going to demand the rock and impose his will on someone late.
This exactly what Jay Wright had to be concerned about. Not the defending champs would run into someone like Wisconsin, but that they’d run into them as early as they did.
So yes, the committee jacked that up badly, and no they didn’t do Wisconsin any favors but the ones they truly jammed were Villanova. Because that seeding was off and it’s affecting the rest of the tourney.