LOUISVILLE, Ky. "One night, when both Jean Cady and Ralph Sampson were in the building, Purdue and Virginia gave themselves a chance to add another long-awaited chapter to their respective programming stories.
The 18-point lead to Tennessee in the second half, but Carson Edwards hit two free kicks with 1.7 seconds to send the game for extra time. In the extra session the boilers retreated to victory by 99-94
Virginia had an equally strong finish by holding Oregon without a goal for the last 5:43 on the road to victory 53-49. Both programs will have the opportunity on Saturday night to reach the Final Four for the first time in 30 years or more. Purdy was last in the 1980 national semifinals, and Virginia reached him in 1
For Virginia there is a sharp contrast to the NCAA tournament presentation of a year ago when Cavaliers made history, becoming the first 1 seed to have lost up to 16 seeds. Throughout the season, Tony Bennett has not retreated from what has happened, instead choosing to embrace him as a learning experience. Forty minutes from the last story of redemption, Bennett did a lot of the same.
"Last year was an incredible year, you know, and then we got to the NCAA tournament, and it was so hard," said Bennett. "And I knew it would be an important year for all of us, in our lives, whatever it brings us. And we had to come together and need each other to get through it and respond to that moment. both in the regular season and then into the NCAA tournament and be in this place when we were 14 and fight and keep going. These things will stay with these guys, so again, very grateful, and you know you just want an opportunity and here we are. "
Purdue has not been at this stage since 2000, but Virginia is again on the verge. The Cavalves were in this position in 2016, as the 1-seed under Bennett, but were stunned by the 10-seeded Syracuse and Jim Boheme.
Boilrmakers did not advance in four attempts at Matt Painter, but they fought against
Gonzaga took revenge, Texas continued to crush the opposition, and Virginia and Purdue survived the late charges for trips to the Eighth Eighth.
: 30 hours local time, this is a brief turn for Virginia to face Purdue on Saturday night – especially given that Bennett made no change for the final 15:20 of the competition. All five players played for at least 36 minutes.
"We were preparing for this and the regular season," said junior guard Ti Jerome. "The coach said he was looking at the chart when he came out for the first time and saw three games on Saturday-Monday He was upset at the beginning Another tough team So we were getting ready for this season ACC doing a great job , preparing us for that moment. " Play 0:16 Virginia moves the ball in front of Kyle Guy Find Broad Open by Andrew Hunter to give Cavaliers a two-wheeler.
Virginia moves the ball in front of Kyle Guy Find Broad Open by Andrew Hunter to give Cavaliers a two-wheeler.
The NCAA tournament continued testing for Virginia as cavaliers did not make things easier for themselves. They outpaced Gardner-Web 16-seeded with 14 points in the first round before winning the second half, and then detained Oregon with three with 5:43 after Luis King buried a 3-pointer to overcome 11 -3.
But the Cavaliers locked the rest of the game, keeping Oregon only four free kicks over the final 5:43.
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"We are in March, and this is a 40-minute territory, as the coach always tells us," junior guard "said Kyle Guy. "So it helps that we are trying to stay calm under pressure and that we are trying to execute and stop defensive, no matter what the outcome or how fast the game is.This will always be in our favor and we go  Saturday will be the last test for Virginia's mental endurance.If Virginia can really get rid of 16-over-1 demons last year, whether the cavalry can get Bennett over and get into the Final Four, and whether one of the most The best programs in college basketball last
And on the other side will be Purdue and his own phase Four Drought, headed by Matt Painter's chief coach, I just won his first sweet 16 game in five attempts. 19659002] History – and a trip to Minneapolis – is online