The UVA basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 19 years.
Virginia got a team-high 16 points from Joe Harris in beating Memphis 78-60. Harris led five Wahoos scoring in double figures. Anthony Gill had 13 points, Mike Tobey had 11, and Justin Anderson and Malcolm Brogdon had 10 each.
Virginia used a 16-2 run at the end of the first half to build a 15-point halftime lead. Virginia led by as many as 27 in the second half and coasted to victory.
Coach Tony Bennett said, "I thought our patience and willingness to make the next pass set a screen, another screen, run them off the baseline, kind of try to wear them down, and then when the opportunities were there we got to the lane and score inside, I thought we were balanced, I thought as the game wore on we imposed our will as far as not letting them off the hook."
UVA sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon said, "We talked about limiting their guard to only jump shots and not letting them penetrate the paint. I think we did a good job of that starting from the beginning and we could sense some of their frustration, barking at each other a little bit in the beginning. We feed on that and we use that as fuel to get us going even more defensively and that leads into our offense."
Virginia's record is now 30-6. The 30 wins matches a school record.
Virginia will play Michigan State in the Sweet 16. That game tips off Friday night at 9:57 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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