Virginia Survives to Beat Purdue to Advance to the Final Four


March 30th, 2019

In the best game of the NCAA tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers topped the Purdue Boilermakers 80-75 to advance to UVA’s first Final Four since 1984.

Mamadi Diakite take the game to overtime.

Virginia survives watch the final five minutes and overtime

Carsen Edwards highlights, 42 point, 10 threes.

Virginia-Purdue Press Conference

Purdue Boilermakers guard Carsen Edwards (3) looks up after throwing the ball out of bounds in the final second of the overtime period of their NCAA Division I Basketball Championship “Elite 8” basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY., on Saturday, Mar 30, 2019. The Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 80-75. (Photo: Matt Kryger/IndyStar)

Purdue basketball stood seconds away from its first Final Four trip in nearly 40 years.

In the span of a long tipped-out rebound, a pass into the paint and a flick of Virginia forward Mamadi Diake’s wrist, the Boilermakers night shifted from elation to heartache.

Diake’s basket at the buzzer forced overtime, and 1 seed Virginia made the stops in the final minutes to secure an 80-75 victory over 3 seed Purdue in the South Regional championship at KFC Yum! Center.

Purdue, making its first Elite Eight appearance since 2000, finished 26-10. Virginia advances to face either Auburn or Kentucky in the Final Four in Minneapolis. (Read) By Lafayette Journal & Courier

Virginia is headed to the Final Four after Diakite's heroics save Cavaliers

Virginia’s Kyle Guy insists it happened. Purdue’s Ryan Cline wants visual proof.

Any old, grainy Zapruder-like film will do, but in Cline’s mind, that’s the only way Guy is going to get confirmation before NCAA tournament South Region No. 1 seed U.Va. takes on No. 3 seed Purdue on Saturday evening in Louisville with a trip to the Final Four at stake.

Until then, Guy’s self-professed highlight moment achieved when he was a star guard at Indianapolis’ Lawrence Central High while being guarded by Cline during his days at Carmel High in Indiana is merely an ugly rumor. (Read) By Norm Wood | Daily Press


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