The Rocky first half for Virginia in their 80-75 OT victory over Purdue looked even worse with a few minutes to go and the team with four. By owning Boilermaker, defending Kyle Guy is entangled with Purdue's Eric Hunter. The young UVA guards came down with something that looked like a painful injury to the right ankle and limping on the bench. At the time, one of the most dangerous shooters at the US basketball college shot only 1 in 6 of the four-point field.
Nothing that Guy had done in any NCAA tournament this year worked for him to the point of injury. He scored a total of 22 points in the last three UVA games, and had hit remarkably rotten 3-of-26 out of three. In the first half, when the cavaliers were mostly on the back of their heels, dropped by about 10 at an early stage, they urgently needed someone who could match the result of the red-hot Carson Edwards. Guy was not the man at first, but after returning from his brief fear of injury, he started the second half and helped his team stay alive.
Guy came out of the dressing room with a new and precise precision. He hit the first two shots of the period – both of them three – to put his team up to five, and then drained another one before the first TV-out to give UVA seven points. And then he remained focused, serving as Edwards counterpart that Virginia had to have. Purdue's second shotgun was 8-on-13 from the field in the second, with six shots. Guy was 7-for-12, with five draws to finish with 25 points
Given their low scores and ugly history in this tournament, Virginia can be a tough team to take seriously as a contender. But by cutting down the Luisville network on Saturday, this team managed to shake off many bad years of squatting squadrons and reach the Final Four for the first time long before any of these players were born. For Guy, who suffered both from the UMBC's scandalous loss and the demoralizing defeat of Florida's second round in 2017, when Virginia achieved only 39 points, this emotional victory felt like a huge weight on his shoulders. the game: "If I knew all I had to do, I would wind my ankle to hit a few shots, I would have done so much earlier."