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Virginia's Offense Was Laughably Bad Against Florida

Leon, Robinson shine, Florida routs Virginia 65-39 in NCAAs Virginia's Offense Was Laughably Bad Against Florida
Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Marcha, 2017, 12:49

But you still got to put the ball through it.

After being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Florida in the second round, Virginia's men's basketball season is over.

While Virginia can hang its hat on defense - holding opponents to a national-best 56.4 points per game on average - the team never found a true offensive identity all season.

"We just had had to get them uncomfortable and play our tempo", said Robinson, who scored 24 points in his NCAA opener. "To end that way is really obviously what stings".

They are led by Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ, who have combined to score almost 70 percent of the badgers 149 points scored through the first two tournament games. For the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in seven seasons, UW is among the final 16 teams left standing in the NCAA tournament after the opening weekend. But the Gamecocks used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take control. Even they knew they would be doomed if leading scorer London Perrantes and fellow guard Marial Shayok stopped making shots, and they were.

"This team got a lot from itself, and it's a credit to them", Bennett said, expressing his appreciation and admiration.

Perrantes, a four-year starter at point guard and, Saturday notwithstanding, a big-moment performer, was the lone senior on the roster. No matter who you have, no matter how many All-Americans you have, these games, they don't give these away to anybody. "I thought we kind of had the game going the way we wanted early, and they it separated. We didn't have it tonight".

"You can't plan how these tournaments are going to go", Brown said after UW knocked off Villanova, the defending champion and top overall seed. The Cavaliers rank second in the country in defensive efficiency, two spots higher than the Gators. Their length - see three starters measuring over 6-foot-8 - forced Bennett to tweak his lineup. The Cavaliers averaged 48 points in those setbacks and made 10-of-52 threes.

"I would have liked that on the front end", Bennett said, "if you would have told me that". Saturday, it was 1-for-15. "So I mean, it doesn't matter who we play". The thrill of victory, and then you get the agony of defeat. "We just try to come out and execute our game plan". It's just part of life. With only one senior in London Perrantes, the Cavaliers needed a wake-up call if they want to improve next season - and this game certainly provided it.

When asked about his teams near ideal defensive performance vs. a team that prides itself on the way they stop teams, Gators head coach Mike White said, "Yeah, in Virginia's defense, they missed a few open ones". "We put a lot of it together".

After beating East Tennessee on Thursday, White said: "I wanted to watch Florida Gulf Coast and Florida State and Xavier-Maryland, [but] I had to turn it off because I had to figure out how we're going to score 40 against Virginia". I always questioned why everybody underestimated us all the time, every single year before the season, during the season.

The lead grew to as many as 29. The Gators hit 46 percent of their shots, including 38 percent of their three-point attempts.,Devin Robinson, who had an outstanding two days in Orlando, and Justin Leon posted double-doubles.

UVa was aiming for its third Sweet 16 in four years.