"They're unbelievably sound. Tony (Bennett) is obviously as good a coach as there is in our game".
The Cardinals have still only managed one win against Virginia since joining the ACC, so that could be a tall order.
Louisville nearly got it done exactly one week ago, but Virginia pulled off an unbelievable comeback from down four with.9 seconds left.
Four players are averaging at least 9.1 points per game for Virginia, they are Kyle Guy (13.9), Devon Hall (11.9), Ty Jerome (10.6) and De'Andre Hunter (9.1). After picking up two fouls on one Louisville possession, U.Va. forward Mamadi Diakite helped the Cavaliers regain momentum. The Seminoles led 17-14 after the second of those infractions and had Savoy marching to the line for a possible 4-point play after a TV timeout. Diakite scored 10, helping UVA to a 42-16 advantage in the paint. The Cardinals shot just 37 percent, marking the 30th time this season Virginia has limited an opponent to less than 50 percent. Florida State not rolling over, aware of Louisville's recent history, using the adversity as motivation.
Then the Cowboys raced out to a 10-point lead in their quarterfinal matchup.
Despite some early shooting woes and combining for only seven first-half points, Bowman and Robinson still ended up accounting for more than half of BC's offense.
Note that the Hurricanes (22-9, 11-7) didn't score the rest of the night. But they rose to the occasion when it mattered, setting up a date with Kansas State today. That started a stretch where he scored 8 points in 3:26.
Azubuike sprained the MCL in his left knee in practice Tuesday, causing him to miss the entire weekend.
Points could be at a premium in this showdown between two of the nation's best defenses.
"I've been waiting on this all year", Walker said.
Scrappy and suffocating on defense, No. 15 Arizona rolled over Colorado 83-67 in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.
The senior point guard had six assists and five rebounds without committing a turnover in 35 minutes. Steals: 5 (Nwora 2, Spalding 2, Sutton).
Kentucky (-4) over Georgia: While the Bulldogs play their third game in three days, the Wildcats begin their quest for a fourth straight SEC Tournament title.
Regardless of what happens on Sunday, when the N.C.A.A. tournament selections are announced, Louisville's season will continue.
Providence (+7) over Xavier: The Musketeers won the most recent meeting, but the Friars won the first, 81-72, upsetting Xavier on the road. They held the Tigers to 13 second half points and 3 of 20 from beyond the arc for the entire game. Gates and JP Macura hit consecutive threes for a 56-42 lead and the Musketeers showed again why they expect to play deep in March.
Virginia enters Friday's semifinals at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in search of its third final appearance in the last five years, while North Carolina and Duke are the last two champions of the event.
Thursday's game wasn't close, though.