Their first-round nightmares are over, but they still have work to do to make it to the Sweet 16.
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Virginia is favored in this game, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -10.5 points against Oklahoma. The Virginia Cavaliers are averaging 71.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 55 points on 38.1 percent shooting.
Jerome scored 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting and made 2 of 3 three-pointers, helping to offset an uncommonly poor shooting performance from backcourt mate Kyle Guy.
"I was having fun". Just show some emotion in your tweets, acknowledge the pressure of the moment, make some jokes and answer some questions people ask. I was happy because I was missing some (shots), and when I made that one, I was really excited. "It's satisfying being able to continue to play".
That's when Hunter took over the game like only a potential lottery pick can. "Then we started to break down defensively and started to give stuff up we didn't give up in the first half", Gardner-Webb coach Tim Craft said.
"I played as hard as I could tonight knowing that the way I felt past year", Guy said. "I thought they did what they wanted to do on the offensive end. He rebounds. We can't find something he doesn't do".
Virginia led 31-22 after a first half that was quintessential Cavaliers' defense and the polar opposite of Oklahoma's rout of Ole Miss.
"Don't you dare leave anything in this locker room", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said he told his players.
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When the final media time out arrived with 3:41 remaining in the game, Hunter had outscored Gardner-Webb, 17-14. After a Kihel Clark rebound and putback on the first possession of the second half, Virginia's lead never dipped below 10 points again.
The Sooners came into the tournament on a two-game losing streak but they managed to snap their losing streak with an impressive win over Ole Miss in the first round, dropping a season-high 95 points against the Rebels.
Mamadi Diakite and DeAndre Hunter were the catalysts for Virginia early in the second. The Runnin' Bulldogs committed just four in the first half. It was just within the offense, and that's a lovely thing.
His final numbers: 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
"I've been talking too much", Diakite said. I know I have that in the love of my family.
"I've just been very patient and letting the game come to me", he said. Virginia was minus-6 in that important statistic in the first half. The team shot 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. Jerome sank a pair from beyond the arc, both from well past National Basketball Association range, and Kihei Clark added a valuable three-pointer to close the first half, trimming the Cavaliers' deficit to 36-30.
The No. 5 seed Cavaliers went scoreless for almost eight minutes in a second-round game against No. 4 Florida in 2017, losing 65-39 in their most lopsided loss in the past five seasons.