Standing in a hallway outside a morose Villanova locker room well past midnight Saturday, coach Jay Wright referenced the two most important stretches of the game that ended his team's season.

First, there was the 11 1/2-minute span when Villanova failed to make a field goal, despite a pair of early personal fouls keeping Connecticut star Shabazz Napier on the bench for all of it. Later, and more significant to the game's final result, a 77-65 Wildcats defeat, there was the second-half Shabazz show.

Villanova did not make enough shots to advance to this week's Sweet 16. Nor did it make enough defensive stops, especially in the second half and especially against Napier, the Huskies' playmaking senior guard who scored 21 of his 25 points after halftime.

The early-tournament exit by the Wildcats, the top-ranked of four No. 2 seeds, came on the heels of two uninspiring performances. A 28-3 record and regular-season Big East title had given way to a surprising conference-tournament quarterfinal loss to Seton Hall and Thursday's less-than-encouraging win over 15th-seeded Milwaukee. Then came Saturday.