Gators Battle virginia for Right to Sweet 16 Spot
Join the Baltimore Gators as the Florida takes on Virginia in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
We are trying out a new bar atmosphere at Wiley Gunter’s right on the border of Federal Hill and Locust Point! We want this to be a great opportunity to meet the board in a social setting as well as welcome new members and prospective board members! Parking is available in the Southside shopping plaza.
Bring your friends family and fellow Gators to eat, drink and watch the Gators take on the Cavaliers!
Game Preview by Dan Lahatte
The Florida basketball team used a stellar second half against East Tennessee State to pull away from the Buccaneers and advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon. Now the No. 4-seeded Gators will battle the No. 5-seeded Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday night with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line. Tip-off at the Amway Center in Orlando is scheduled for 8:40 p.m.* and will be televised nationally on TNT.
*The game will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the game between Florida State and Xavier which starts at 6:10 p.m.
The Baltimore Gator Club will host a watch party for the big game at Wiley Gunters. So come on out to join other Charm City Gators as UF takes on UVA on Saturday night with a berth on the Sweet 16 up for grabs.
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Florida (25-8, 14-4 SEC) led by only one at halftime, 33-32, but slowly pulled away from ETSU in the second period for an 80-65 opening round victory. The win marked the fifth straight opening round win for the Gators who last bowed out after its first NCAA Tournament game back in 2010.
Junior forward Devin Robison recorded a breakout game for the Orange and Blue, leading all scorers in the game with 24 points while also pulling down seven rebounds. Point guards Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza were the only other Gators in double figures, each scoring 14 points, but the Gator defense limited Buccaneer star TJ Cromer to his season average of 19 points and the rest of the ETSU crew was unable to provide the necessary support.
Virginia (23-10, 11-7 ACC) fought back in the first half and then scraped by UNC-Wilmington to advance to the second round. The Cavaliers trailed 26-11 at the 7:25 mark of the first half, but closed the period on a 19-3 run to take a 30-29 lead into the half. The trend continued in the second half, but UVA struggled to put the Seahawks away, earning a 76-71 victory to move on.
Senior London Perrantes has led the Cavaliers all year and paced UVA on Thursday with 24 points. Virginia’s calling card under eighth-year head coach Tony Bennett has been defense. The Cavaliers led the NCAA in scoring defense this year, holding opponents to just 55.6 points per game on 39.5% shooting.
Florida and Virginia last played in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Omaha, Neb. The Gators won that day, 71-45, before advancing to the Elite Eight. Bradley Beal, Casey Prather, and Patric Young all scored in double-digits as the Gators held UVA to 38.3% shooting.