NCAA: No. 1 Virginia squeaks by Purdue in OT to reach Final Four
No. 1 Virginia beat No. 3 Purdue 80-75 in overtime in the South Regional final Saturday night to reach the Final Four.
Kyle Guy led Virginia with 25 points and Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 42 points.
The Cavaliers will take on the winner of the East Regional final between No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Michigan State on April 6 in Minneapolis for a chance to play for the national title.
The Final Four berth serves as redemption for Virginia, which last year became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in tournament history.
That 74-54 loss to UMBC is can fade into the past a bit more if the Cavaliers can win their first ever national championship.
Virginia, which was playing in the team’s seventh Elite Eight, has reached the Final Four twice before, in 1981 and 1984, but lost in the national semifinals both times.
The Cavaliers struggled a bit early against their 16th-seeded opponent this year, trailing Gardner-Webb by 14 points in the first half before winning 71-56.
The Cavaliers then beat No. 9 Oklahoma 63-51 in the second round and No. 12 Oregon 53-49 in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night.