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Second-seeded Villanova braces for upstart No. 15 Milwaukee, the turnaround team of the year

There's nothing like an unexpected loss to grab your attention. Villanova coach Jay Wright knows all about that heading into the NCAA tournament.

On track for a No. 1 seed after cruising through the season with only three losses and winning the Big East regular-season title, his Wildcats were stunned 64-63 by Seton Hall in last week's conference quarterfinals and have been biding their time for nearly a week.

Wright says the loss "was definitely a jolt to our system." He says the team didn't start the game ready to play, and that's the only time that's happened this season.

The Wildcats (28-4), the second seed in the East, face upstart No. 15 Milwaukee (21-13), champion of the Horizon League, in a second-round matchup on Thursday in the NCAA tournament.