Everybody knows that Virginia Basketball won the 2019 National Championship. But I bet you don’t know how they got there! One important moment was when they played against Purdue in the Elite Eight. Virginia’s regular season record was 29-3 and Purdue’s was 23-9.
In the game, Purdue’s Carson Edwards dropped 42 points, 10 three-pointers, 9 swishes and 1 bank. Virginia’s Kyle Guy got a Double-Double with twenty-five points and ten rebounds. Virginia’s free throw percentage was 85.0% while Purdue’s was 70.0%. Also, Purdue’s three-point percentage was a fantastic 43.8% basically all because of Carson Edwards. Virginia’s 3 point percentage was a decent 33.3% but still not as good as Purdue’s 43.8%. Another stat is Virginia had seventeen offensive rebounds and Purdue had eight. Also Virginia had six steals while Purdue only had one.
The game was in Louisville, Kentucky in my favorite named arena, the KFC Yum Center! At the end of the first half the score was 30-29 Purdue. The game continued to be close, with Carson Edwards hitting every 3 point shot he took. Virginia would always respond back with Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome hitting 3 point shots, and Mamadi Diakite, and De’Andre Hunter driving to the hoop.
When Ty Jerome was at the line with 5.9 seconds left, Virginia was losing 68-70. Jerome short armed the shot, and hit the front of the rim. Mamadi Diakite saved the day, by tipping the ball back into the backcourt. After Mamadi tipped the ball, he was feeling sad, and was gonna grab his head because he thought he tipped it too far. When he put his head up he saw Kihei Clark chasing after the ball, and got ready. Guy was to the left, and Jerome was to the right. He looked off both of them, and looked straight in the paint where Mamadi Diakite was. Clark made a bullet pass with one hand, right into Mamadi’s shooting motion. Mamadi made the shot to force the game into overtime! In overtime Virginia won! 85- 80!
As you see I was very happy even after crying on the floor for almost the whole game when I thought they were going to lose. A fun fact is the day after UVA won the Elite Eight, Coach Tony Bennett celebrated his 10 year anniversary of being Virginia Basketball’s head coach.
Here is a video of The Shot!