Instant Analysis: No. 8 NC State knocks out Nova

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In a stunner tonight, No. 8 NC State has shocked No. 1 Villanova at the Consol Energy Center, 71-68.

Darrun Hillard went off tonight to the tune of 27 points, but it wasn’t enough to top the upstart Wolfpack in a tight game. The first half was close, with a flurry of fouls going into the half, with NC State up 32-28. After the break, things continued to heat up with the game becoming quite chippy near the end, as 12 fouls were recorded in the last 5 minutes. Villanova sank three from beyond the arc as a final comeback bid, but never could pull ahead of State.

Impact Player

Despite his team losing, Hillard had an amazing night for Villanova, ending the game with 27 points, 2 steals, and a rebound. The entire team’s offense flowed through him, and despite his best attempt it was the other end of the court that lost them the game.

Strange, Yet True

Villanova is the first No. 1 seed to head home, with Kentucky, Duke and Wisconsin still in.

Up Next

No. 8 NC State moves on to play the winner of No. 4 Louisville versus No.5 Northern Iowa. No .1 Villanova ends its season at 34-3 in the Round of 32.

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