Kyle Guy scored 20 points to match a career high and London Perrantes added 13 in the second half to help No. 21 Virginia pull away for a 75-63 victory against Pittsburgh in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Wednesday night.
The sixth-seeded Cavaliers (22-9) are in the ACC quarterfinals for the sixth straight season and meet third-seeded and No. 22 Notre Dame at Barclays Center on Thursday night.
Jamel Artis led Pitt (16-17) with 18 points and Michael Young had 14. The two seniors were benched for the first 10 minutes of the Panthers' regular-season finale loss to Virginia on Saturday by coach Kevin Stallings.
Just four days after scoring just 42 points against the Cavaliers, Pitt surpassed that number with 13:08 minutes left on a dunk by Sheldon Jeter that cut Virginia's lead to 44-43. That was as good as it got for the Panthers.
The regular season is over, the conference championships decided and the playoff bracket is set. Yes, it's bowl season. Bowl bids were handed out on Sunday and Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Navy all found out their postseason fates.
Here's where each team is headed this bowl season:
Penn State vs. Memphis, Cotton Bowl Classic on Saturday, Dec. 28
Ohio State is headed to the College Football Playoff and the Big Ten's Rose Bowl bid is going to Wisconsin. Penn State, however, managed to squeak into the New Year's Six as the No. 10 team in the nation. They will take on Group of 5 representative Memphis who won the AAC.
Virginia vs. Florida, Orange Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30
The Cavaliers are headed to the Orange Bowl for the first time in school history. More on this game here.
Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky, Belk Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31
The Belk Bowl always seemed like the likely destination for Virginia Tech, but their opponent was a bit of a mystery. If you were following along on Twitter before things were made official, the Hokies were supposed to play Mississippi State, then it was Tennessee, then Kentucky, then Tennesse again and then back to Kentucky.
Now it's official and we know for sure it will be Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky.
The issue was reportedly Tennessee changing its bowl preference at the last minute.
Navy vs. Kansas State, Liberty Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31
Kansas State is the only team in the nation with a win over a College Football Playoff team. They defeated Oklahoma 48-41 in October.
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo had the quote of the day about his team's matchup.
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The Virginia Cavaliers are headed to the Orange Bowl where they will play the Florida Gators on Dec. 30 it was announced Sunday. The Cavaliers were smoked by Clemson to the tune of 62-17 in Saturday's ACC Championship Game thus cementing the Tigers' spot in the College Football Playoff. With the conference champs in the playoff, the ACC's Orange Bowl bid then fell to the Cavaliers as the next highest-ranked ACC team.
This will be Virginia's first-ever trip to the Orange Bowl.
The Hoos' opponent will be 10-2 Florida. The Gators finished the season ranked No. 9 in the final College Football Playoff rankings after a season in which their only two losses came go No. 1 LSU in Death Valley and No. 5 Georgia in a neutral site game in Jacksonville.
This is the third-straight bowl season for Bronco Mendenhall in his four seasons at UVA. Last season the Cavaliers won a decisive 28-0 victory over South Carolina in the Belk Bowl. A nine-win regular season was Virginia's first since 2007 and clinched the team's first-ever Coastal Division championship. The reward has thus far been a game against undefeated Clemson and another top-ten team in Florida. Virginia, however, will have much more time to prepare for the Gators than they did against the Tigers. They also will not be coming off an emotional rivalry win like they were in ACC Championship Game, playing just one week after their first win over rival Virginia Tech since 2003. It also gives time for star quarterback Bryce Perkins to heal who appeared to be ailing and grabbing his chest towards the end of the loss to Clemson.
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