The 2016-17 Virginia Cavaliers season ended on the sourest of notes: a 26-point drubbing at the hands of the Florida Gators in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.
Final: #UVa’s season ends again at the hands of a Florida blowout, as the Gators win it 65-39. pic.twitter.com/okoYSRsuLt— Brad Franklin (@Cavs_Corner) March 19, 2017
It was the worst UVa loss in the tournament since ... the 26-point loss to Florida in 2012.
Not a single Cavalier scored in double figures. London Perrantes scored 6 in his final game in the orange and blue (LOUD UGLY SOBBING), but on a shooting night that typified Virginia’s struggles: 2-12 from the field, 0-4 from three. Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, and Devon Hall did not score a point amongst them.
Here’s how topsy-turvy a night it was for UVA on the offensive end: the leading scorers were Mamadi Diakite and Jack Salt. Diakite had 9 and Salt had 8, including a nice reverse lay-up for Jack once the game was well out of hand.
Florida’s lengthy, athletic combo of Devin Robinson and Justin Leon led the way for the Gators, each registering a double-double with 14 points apiece, 10 boards for Leon and 11 for Robinson. UF advances to play Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen.
We’ll have plenty more coverage in the days to come. But right now, there’s only one thing worth saying: Thank you, London Perrantes, for four years of heart and passion and leadership and incredible basketball.