This. Is. March.
Despite foul trouble and problems at the free-throw line, the No. 8 seed Wisconsin Badgers upset the No. 1 overall seed Villanova Wildcats 65-62 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon. UW will now move on to face the winner of Florida and Virginia in the Sweet 16.
Senior Nigel Hayes carried the Badgers with both forward Ethan Happ and guard Bronson Koenig on the bench. The Ohio native scored 19 points—14 in the second half—and added eight rebounds. That included this nifty game-deciding shot to put the Badgers up by two with just about 12 seconds left in regulation:
Lots of current, former and future Badgers (along with other well-known personalities) had quite the rush of reactions:
You only have a 21% chance of winning THEY SAID!!!— Khalil Iverson (@iverson_khalil) March 18, 2017
Was that really a bracket buster though? My bracket looks pretty good tbh— Dare Ogunbowale (@DGO23_) March 18, 2017
Hug your mom.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 18, 2017
HUG EVERYONE! pic.twitter.com/elRl0UCsIq
We win in March, that's what we do— Sam Dekker (@dekker) March 18, 2017
6 sweet 16s in 7 years!! Is that good!?!?!? Let's gooooo— Ben Brust (@BenBrust) March 18, 2017
Lessssss gooooooooo!!!!!! We ain't no 8 seed though y'all trippin with that #ONWISCONSIN— Jared Abbrederis (@abbrecadabra) March 18, 2017
Bucky all the way— Matt Miller (@mattmillerUW60) March 18, 2017
Down goes Nova— Corey Clement (@CoreyClement_6) March 18, 2017
ON WISCONSIN!!!— Adam Bay (@LongSnapper42) March 18, 2017