Florida totally put a tepid Virginia offense in a vise grip for 40 minutes, forcing the Cavaliers to attempt hard shots and took leading scorer London Perrantes completely out of his game, holding the senior forward to six points on 2-of-12 shooting.
The Cavaliers were buried, too, their game-long deficiencies embodied in that one unsightly possession.
London Perrantes managed just six points in his last game as a Cavalier.
Justin Leon added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators (26-8), who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the 11th time in school history and fifth in the last seven years. “It’s real methodical and real different”.
The Florida Gators turned what appeared to be a competitive game on paper to a blowout that emphatically booked their trip to the Sweet 16 with a 65-39 win over Virginia in the NCAA tournament’s second round from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Hands were everywhere, it was enough for the lowest scoring output of the year and in head coach Tony Bennett’s career in ters of NCAA Tournament games. But you can see why they’re good – their quickness, their athleticism.
“We’ve played really well at times this year”, said Florida Coach Mike White.
And it’s better than they’ve ever played on this stage. “They got some length behind”. UVA was 8-of-27 from the field in the first half, and even Bennett going back to a four-guard lineup to start the second half couldn’t turn things around in the final 20 minutes.
So would nearly everyone who plays the Cavs. “And we’re a team that has struggled at times in the half court. He got us going, and we kept going and fed off his energy, his passion”. We call him ‘Fifty.’ It stands for 50%, if you know what I’m saying, three-point percentage.
What happened Saturday is what happened to Virginia in all its worst games this season.
The Gators are no slouch. They clanked 70 percent of their shots, 14 of their 15 three-point attempts.
Florida can also take a page from the UNC-Wilmington playbook. By the under-12, the lead was still 48-26. Virginia stormed back and won 76-71, but it was only the second game this season the Cavaliers have won when giving up 70 or more points. Unless we lost to them, then I like revenge. If the Gamecocks (23-10) want an NCAA winning streak, they will have to beat No. 2 seed Duke, which blew past Troy 87-65 in an earlier game.
When asked if seeing Villanova lose hyped the Gators up for the Virginia game, Robinson took White’s advice (“Be very careful with that.”) at the post-game news conference.
“There’s a fine balance”, he said.
“We were trying to get something going, but it was one of those days where we couldn’t do anything to get the shots to fall”, Shayok said. They didn’t make us pay for a few mistakes that we made, but we reduced the amount of mistakes, in my opinion, as well.
London Perrantes said that physically, the NCAA Tournament was easier to handle than last week’s ACC Tournament, when teams played every night.