No. 16 Virginia appears to have righted its ship. Mired in a four game losing streak that saw it fall from a No. 9 ranking during the first two weeks of February, it has now rebounded by winning four straight after a 75-63 ACC second-round win over Pittsburgh Wednesday night at Barclays Center.
The Cavs (22-9) are seeded sixth and advance to meet third-seeded and 22nd-ranked Notre Dame in Thursday quarterfinal at 9 p.m.
Virginia closed the first half in an 8-0 run with three pointers by Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome for a 34-23 lead. Pitt closed the margin to one point on a Sheldon Jeter dunk with 13:08 to play. It got no closer.
London Parrantes scored eight of his 15 points to ignite a 14-8 run to a 68-54 lead and the Cavs never looked back.
“He responded,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “London made some big shots. You know, he’s done that for us his whole career, and we needed that.”
Guy had 20 points for the Cavs.
“It’s my last one, last go around,” Parrantes said. “So I’m just going out, having fun, trying to lead these guys. I pulled them all in and told them . . . . I just want to go out there and go out and do what we do best. We’ve played all these teams before. We know we’re capable of winning.”
Cameron Johnson scored 20 for Pitt (16-17).