Thus, a season of defying expectations came to an end for the Hokies in an 84-74 loss to the Badgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Then there's history, because in terms of experience, the eighth-seeded Badgers and the ninth-seeded Hokies were diametrically opposed: One program was making its 19th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance; the Hokies were making just their first since 2007.
Zach LeDay led the Hokies (22-11) with 23 points before fouling out in his final collegiate game.
Wisconsin (26-9) moves on to play Saturday against No. 1 seed Villanova, which advanced with a 76-56 first-round win against No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's. You agree that you are exclusively responsible for your communications and any content you provide. Virginia Tech redshirt senior Zach LeDay could have tied the game with 5:38 to play, but missed a free throw after getting fouled by Wisconsin's Zak Showalter, his fifth of the game. Virginia Tech put up stunning three-point shooting numbers this season, striking the flawless balance of dribble penetrators and shooters to keep opposing defenses in rotation, and establish itself as one of the premier offenses in all of college basketball. He hit the 20-point mark for the 10th time this season but did so for the first time in eight games, dating to a 27-point outing against Ohio State on February 23 that had represented his previous high.
The Hokies could not catch a break, cutting the lead down to one five times in the second half but failed to take the lead. Meanwhile, the Badgers, led by sophomore big-man Ethan Happ, make up one of the most active offensive rebounding teams in the country. Bronson Koenig, who is a very good player to his credit, made an NCAA Tournament Wisconsin record eight triples, some of which were just impossible shots.
IN finished the season with an 18-16 overall mark and 7-11 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin made 41.9 percent of its 3-point shots (13-of-31).
SMU took control early on the back of Semi Ojeleye, who finished with 24 points and 10 boards, but USC switched to a zone in the second half that took the Mustangs totally out of what they wanted to do.
Virginia Tech trailed, 74-73, after a pair of free throws from LeDay with 2:25 remaining.
Tech guards Justin Robinson had 11 points and Seth Allen finished with 10 points. The Badgers outscored the Terrapins by 23 points in the 23 minutes that Showalter was on the floor. I know I wasn't looking at the score for a second.