Virginia bounced from NCAA tournament after rout against Florida

Florida Gators forward Devin Robinson dunks the ball during the second half in the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday

Second-round action continues Friday night as No. 4 seed Florida faces No. 5 seed Virginia in the NCAA Tournament East region in Orlando, Fla.

That's right - 39 points.

17 points was a season-low for the Cavaliers in a half, and 39 marked the lowest point total for a Tony Bennett Virginia team.

From 3-point range, Virginia was 1 for 15.

What happened Saturday is what happened to Virginia in all its worst games this season.

"In Virginia's defense, they missed a few open ones".

"I know they'll be back", Perrantes said. We've got to improve our program. That's part of it. "There's probably going to be a lot of subs because we're going to be exhausted, because we have to sprint on defense after every shot and make sure they don't get any easy buckets".

But, again, I want to tell you Florida played a heck of a defensive game, and we were very poor offensively. Especially when we got up, I don't know, say 16 we didn't have a drop-off, and we've had that four or five times this year.

"I challenged the guys that are returning". They've bought into it. After holding just a one-point lead at halftime in the tournament opener against East Tennessee State, the Gators have outscored its two opponents by 40 points (112-72) in the last 60 minutes of regulation.

The defender is already in a tough position here.

This game was expected to be a defensive-oriented contest since neither team was known as offensive juggernauts. "They did. We got a couple bounces our way". Virginia does a terrific job with ball screens for London, but also setting a ton of screens off of the ball for him as well. The thing that was frustrating is we really accomplished a lot this year.

"I want to tell you, Florida played a heck of a defensive game", said Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who watched his team shoot 29 percent, miss 14 of 15 3-point attempts and go almost eight minutes without scoring a point in the latter part of the first half and the first part of the second half.

Hill, a senior, finished with 14-points, reaching double figures for the fourth consecutive game. Leon on giving energy to his team. Malcolm Brogdon was that player past year, but no one emerged to claim the role this season.

"I'm like known to give my teammates energy", Leon said.

Leon and forward Devin Robinson both starred against a Virginia lineup that lacked starting forward Isaiah Wilkins (illness).

"Anybody can have a hot hand", Chiozza said. He brought the energy on defense, so he deserved to knock down all the shots he did.

If the Florida Gators play like they did on Saturday, they have a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Another unexpected factor also helped Leon.

There's little doubt that Leon is done wearing an undershirt. "So I did it, and hey".

Bennett didn't feel like much of one Saturday night, but as always, in victory or defeat, was gracious and humble. He was really sound. Every shot was defended. That's how dominant the Gators defense was tonight.

After playing a minimal role during the regular season as a true freshman, center Gorjok Gak has worked his way into a more prominent role in the rotation while delivering quality minutes for the Gators. "He's got a very high ceiling". He's a really good passer.

There's a lot of talent left on that bench. And how best to treat the warts moving forward?

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