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Shabazz Napier scores 25 in leading UConn to 77-65 win over No. 2 seed Villanova

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    Villanova's James Bell (32) drives past Connecticut's Amida Brimah (35) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

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    Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono (15) drives under Connecticut's Ryan Boatright during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

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    Connecticut's Shabazz Napier shoots during the first half of a third-round game against Villanova in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde) (The Associated Press)

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    Villanova's JayVaughn Pinkston (22) shoots over Connecticut's DeAndre Daniels and Amida Brimah (35) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

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    Connecticut's Amida Brimah (35) and Connecticut's DeAndre Daniels (2) and Villanova's Josh Hart look for a rebound during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) (The Associated Press)

Shabazz Napier scored 25 points in leading Connecticut to a 77-65 win over second-seeded Villanova in the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night.

Villanova became the highest seed to be knocked out of the tournament so far, and the Wildcats' loss came on the heels of another upset in Buffalo. The game was played immediately after Dayton, the South Region's 11th seed, beat third-seeded Syracuse 55-53.

Seventh-seeded Connecticut (28-8) advanced to New York City next week, when they'll play the winner of Sunday's third-round game between third-seeded Iowa State and sixth-seeded North Carolina.

Ryan Arcidiacono scored 18 points for Villanova (29-5) in a matchup of two former Big East rivals.

UConn coach Kevin Ollie improved to 2-0 in his tournament debut, two years since taking over after Jim Calhoun stepped down because of health issues, and a year after the Huskies were barred from postseason play because of academic sanctions.