#1 Virginia Beats Louisville 75-58; Advances to ACC Tournament Semifinals

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The Cavaliers improved to 29-2 overall The Cavaliers improved to 29-2 overall
UVa head coach Tony Bennett UVa head coach Tony Bennett
Kyle Guy scored a game-high 19 points while wearing a brace on his left knee Kyle Guy scored a game-high 19 points while wearing a brace on his left knee
Mamadi Diakite scored 10 points off the bench Mamadi Diakite scored 10 points off the bench

The UVa men's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years, as the #1 Cavaliers beat Louisville 75-58 on Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The Cavaliers (29-2) will play 4-seed Clemson in the semifinals on Friday at 7 PM, and the game will air on NBC 29.

Virginia had five players reach double digits in scoring against Louisville, including a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds from sophomore guard Kyle Guy.

Guy played the game with a brace on his left knee, after suffering an injury against Notre Dame in the regular season finale.

The sophomore hit 4-of-6 three-point attempts against the Cardinals.

Devon Hall scored 14 points and had five assists, while Ty Jerome added 11 points and four assists.

De'Andre Hunter (12) and Mamadi Diakite (10) provided scoring off the bench for the 'Hoos.

"I've been working on that (up-and-under) move for a long time now, and I think it's paying off," says Diakite.  "My confidence is growing day after day."

Hall says, "We try to get him down there on the block, if he can make some plays.  Obviously, blocking shots.  He's got to tighten up on certain areas, and not make mental mistakes, but he did a heck of a job today."

UVa shot 52.5 percent from the field (31-of-59) while limiting Louisville 36.7 percent (18-of-49).

After leading by as many as 17 points in the first half, the Cavaliers went into halftime with a 38-27 advantage.

The Cardinals cut the deficit to 56-52 with 8:55 remaining in the 2nd half, but a dunk by Diakite started a 19-6 run to close out the game for the Wahoos.

Jerome says, "During the regular season, we were challenged constantly, on the road, and in the ACC.  Teams made runs at us before, so it was nothing new.  Basketball is a game of runs.  That's a good team.  They're going to make runs.  It was our job to stay poised and answer."

"We're built on that, just being resilient, and that pillar of humility and unity," says Guy.  "We just work so hard to play every possession like it's our last."

Head coach Tony Bennett adds, "We're a possession by possession team.  That doesn't change.  I don't know if that sets us up for this, but records are out now, and teams can play at a high level."

Clemson features former Blue Ridge stars Aamir Simms and Scott Spencer.

The Wahoos beat the Tigers by 25 points earlier this season at John Paul Jones Arena.

Simms says, "First half, we was there, we had them, and we were executing our plays really well throughout the defense.  In the second half we got a little bit loose, and started not taking care of the ball.  Coming into this game, we're going to take care of the ball, and be more poised."

"Being from the area, we know some people on the team, so it's real competitive," says Spencer.  "How we played up there last time left a bad taste in our mouth.  This time, we've been preparing, and working hard, and we're just going to come out there and play how we play."

Virginia won the ACC Tournament championship in 1976 and 2014.