A rocky first-half from Virginia in their 80-75-OT win over Purdue seemed to worsen after a few minutes, and the team dropped by four. In a Boilermaker ownership, a defending Kyle Guy got involved with Purdue's Eric Hunter. The UVA junior guard went down with a painful right ankle injury and hobbled to the bench. At this time, one of the most dangerous shooters of college basketball shot only 1 out of 6 with four points from the field.
Nothing Guy had worked for him in any NCAA tournament game this year, the point of injury. He had scored a total of 22 points in the last three games of UVA and made a remarkably lazy 3 out of 26 out of three games. In a first half, when the Cavaliers were mostly on their hind legs and going back to ten too early, they desperately needed someone to reach the scores of glowing Carsen Edwards. Guy was not the type at first, but after returning from his brief injury break, he lit the scoreboard in the second half and helped keep his team alive.
Guy came out of the locker room with new precision and intensity. He hit the first two shots of the time – both three of them – to prepare his team for five, and then dropped another before the first TV timeout to give UVA a seven-point lead. And then he stayed focused and served as a counterpoint to Edwards, Virginia had. Purdue's Flamethrowing guard was 8-13 in the field on the second lap and had six starts. Guy was in 7 out of 12 seven and five trekkings with 25 points.
Due to their low scores and ugly history in this tournament, Virginia can be a tough team that can be taken seriously as a candidate. However, slicing the net in Louisville on Saturday saw the team shake off many bad years of below-average squads, reaching the final four for the first time long before any of these players was born. For Guy, who had suffered both from the infamous defeat against UMBC and a demoralizing defeat in the second round against Florida in 2017, in which Virginia scored only 39 points, this emotional victory clearly felt like a heavyweight of his Shoulders on.
Guy said afterwards The Game: "If I had known that I would only spank a few knocks with the ankle, I would have done it earlier."