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Florida struggled at times, but was able to stave off the upset and dispatch Virginia Tech in overtime during the 2021 NCAA Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS – Florida didn’t have the opportunity to compete in last season’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, due to the pandemic, but it made the most of its first chance in March Madness this season with a 75-70 win in overtime against Virginia Tech.
7-seed Gators (15-9) came into their South region matchup with the No.
10-seed Hokies (15-7) having lost three of their last four games.
UF coach Mike White’s squad came in never having lost its first game in a NCAA tournament during White’s tenure.
And the latter trend held up Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Florida advancing to the next round to face either No.
2 seed Ohio State or No.
15 seed Oral Roberts.
Neither Florida nor Virginia Tech controlled the ball well across the first 20 minutes, the Gators turning it over nine times and the Hokies eight.
It kept both sides from accomplishing much offensively before the break, despite both shooting an identical 52.2 percent (12-for-23) from the field in that time.
But the Hokies took better advantage of the Gators’ miscues, scoring eight points off of turnovers to UF’s four.
Virginia Tech hit five 3s to Florida’s two.
And while the two sides matched free-throw percentages in the first 20 minutes, the Hokies had taken eight to the Gators’ two and made four compared to one.
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It’s what allowed Virginia Tech to lead for more than 15 minutes, and Florida not even a full minute.
The Hokies’ Hunter Cattoor led all scorers after the first half with nine points, as he hit a trio of 3s, and he was only averaging 8.4 points per game to date this season.
The Gators’ leading scorer so far this season and at that point in the game, Tre Mann, had the most turnovers of any player on the floor in the first half with three.
Mann came into the contest against Virginia Tech having scored at least 21 points each game in his past four appearances, and 30 against Tennessee last week.
He was Florida’s most prolific scorer this season, and one of its most effective 3-point shooters.
Against the Hokies, though, Mann fell back to just under the 16-point per game average he came in with, and without overtime he would only have 11 points.
Mann finished with 14 points, one of four Gators to finish in double figures scoring.
He was 5-for-9 shooting from the field and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line.
It was Colin Castleton whose play did more to allow Florida to advance.
He finished with a 19-point, 14-rebound double-double.
It was just his second double-double all season, the first coming in January against Ole Miss.
It’s his most points in a game since he had 21 in late January against West Virginia.
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As Appleby was helped off the floor after an apparent head injury with 12:58 left in the game, and Virginia Tech up 44-38, Florida fans saw one of its leading scorers depart.
Appleby was hit by an elbow as he defended a Hokies player.
He was also second on the team in the game in rebounds with five, and had an assist, too.
Florida was forced to play the rest of the way without Appleby, who had been averaging 11.4 points and three rebounds per game this season.
Appleby was one of a small handful of players who had actually played all 23 games the Gators had this season prior to facing the Hokies.
It’s unclear if Appleby being available would have allowed Florida to slow down Virginia Tech’s Nahiem Alleyne, who finished with a game-high 30 points.
Florida 75, Virginia Tech: 70
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The Gators (14-9), who placed fifth in the SEC at 9-7, are the last team to win consecutive national titles when they went back-to-back in 2006 and 2007
The seventh-seeded Florida Gators look to win their eighth straight Round of 64 game when they take on the 10th-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies in 2021 NCAA Tournament action on Friday.
The Hokies (15-6), who finished third in the ACC at 9-4, have lost in the first round in two of their past three appearances.
The Gators (14-9), who placed fifth in the SEC at 9-7, are the last team to win consecutive national titles when they went back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
Virginia Tech is 8-11 in NCAA Tournament play all-time.
Tip-off from Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is set for 12:15 p.m.
Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 5-4, last meeting in 1991 when the Hokies posted a 79-51 victory.
The game is a pick ’em in the latest Virginia Tech vs.
Florida odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 135.
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The Gators have four players averaging in double figures since junior forward Keyontae Johnson was lost for the year with a heart issue after just four games.
Sophomore guard Tre Mann is coming off a monster game in which he set a career high with 30 points, including five 3-pointers in an SEC quarterfinal loss to Tennessee.
He is averaging 16 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
He is connecting on 45.3 percent of his field goals, including 39.8 percent from 3-point range, and 84.9 percent from the free throw line.
He has scored at least 21 points in each of the past four games.
Junior forward Colin Castleton also powers the Florida offense, averaging 12 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game.
He is hitting on 58.1 percent of his field goals and 76.2 percent of his three throws.
He has reached double figures in 14 games, including one double-double, a 21-point, 10-rebound effort against Mississippi on Jan.
The transfer from Michigan averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds off the bench for the Wolverines in 2019-20.
The Hokies have the third-best scoring margin (plus-6.6) and scoring defense (65.5 points per game) in the ACC this year.
Junior forward Keve Aluma leads the team in scoring (15.6 points per game) and rebounding (8.0) and is one of three ACC players averaging 15-plus points and eight rebounds per game this season.
The others are Moses Wright of Georgia Tech and Justin Champagnie of Pittsburgh.
Aluma is also averaging 2.2 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.
He is connecting on 48.9 percent of his shots from the floor, including 35.1 percent from 3-point range, and 72.6 percent from the free throw line.
His best game was a 30-point, 10-rebound effort at Pittsburgh on Feb.
Also fueling the Virginia Tech offense is sophomore guard Tyrece Radford.
He is averaging 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, connecting on 56 percent of his field goals and 75 percent of his free throws.
He has reached double digits in six consecutive games, including an 18-point, 12-rebound performance vs.
Duke on Jan.
He is coming off a 20-point game against North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinals.
The model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 143 points.
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