Game Notes: #5 seed UVA faces #4 seed Florida in East Regional
- UVA has 23 or more wins for a school-record fifth straight year.
- The Cavaliers rank first nationally in scoring defense at 56.1 ppg.
- UVA is 4-6 vs. ranked opponents in 2016-17.
- Senior guard London Perrantes became the first Cavalier to win an NCAA Tournament game in four straight years.
- The Virginia-Florida game will be televised on TNT and streamed online at NCAA.com (March Madness on Demand).
- The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and Westwood One/NCAA Radio Network on Sirius (136) and XM (202) and Internet (962).
- Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Sports app.
The Head Coaches
- Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 188-82 in eight seasons at UVA and 257-115 in 11 seasons overall
- Florida: Mike White (Ole Miss, 2000), 46-23 in two seasons at Florida and 147-63 in six seasons overall
All-Time in the NCAA Tournament
- UVA is making its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time since 1981-84.
- UVA is making its fourth straight appearance in the Round of 32.
- Virginia is 29-20 all-time in 21 NCAA Tournament appearances.
- UVA has earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time and has a 4-4 record as a No. 5 seed.
- UVA reached the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984.
- The Cavaliers reached their sixth NCAA Regional final appearance in 2016, losing 68-62 to No. 10 seed Syracuse.
- Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is 10-6 in seven NCAA tournaments, including a 7-4 record at UVA and 3-2 mark at Washington State.
- London Perrantes has averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 46.8 three-point field percentage (22 of 47) in 10 NCAA Tournament games.
UVA Ranked No. 24/23 in Latest Polls
- UVA is ranked No. 24 in the latest AP poll No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll.
- UVA has ranked in the top 15 in 56 of the last 62 polls.
- UVA was ranked in top 10 in the preseason rankings (No. 8/7) for the third straight season, matching a school-best from 1981-83.
- UVA has been ranked in 64 consecutive AP polls since Feb. 3, 2014.
- UVA finished in the top 10 (No. 3 in 2014 & No. 6 in 2015 and No. 4 in 2016) in the final AP rankings in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981-83.
All-Time Against Florida
- Virginia is 1-1 all-time against Florida in the series that dates back to the 1991-92 season.
- UVA meets Florida for the third time in the postseason and first time since suffering a 71-45 loss to the Gators in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
- UVA posted a 62-56 win over Florida in the 1992 NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in the other meeting between the teams.
Last Time vs. the Gators
- Bradley Beal had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Casey Prather scored 14 points to lead No. 7 seed Florida to a 71-45 victory over No. 10 seed Virginia in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.
- Patric Young added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Gators.
- Mike Scott was the only player to score in double figures for Virginia with 15 points and he had a team-high six rebounds.
- Florida closed the first half on a 17-4 run to take a 30-22 lead.
- After the Cavaliers closed to within six in the second half at 36-30 with 17:31 left to play, Florida went on 17-2 run to take control of the game.
Last Time Out
- London Perrantes had 24 points and Marial Shayok added a career-high 23 as No. 5 seed Virginia beat No. 12 seed UNC Wilmington 76-71 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 16.
- UVA trailed 26-11, but closed the first half on an 18-4 run to take a 30-29 lead.
- Perrantes tallied 19 points and Shayok added 12 in the second half.
- Darius Thompson added 10 points, four rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots in the win.
- The Cavaliers owned a 28-2 advantage in bench points and shot 50 percent (26 of 52) in the win.
On The Horizon
- The Virginia-Florida winner will advance to the NCAA East Regional on Friday and Sunday, March 24 & 26 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y.