Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Auburn

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Virginia is in the Final Four for the first time since 1984.
Kyle Guy lines up a critical free throw. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

MINNEAPOLIS – The Virginia basketball team earned the program’s first trip to the National Championship Game with a win against Auburn on Saturday night at U.S. Bank Stadium. The three standout scorers Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and De’Andre Hunter each had shining moments in the 63-62 triumph.

For Jerome, he put together an impressive 21-9-6 line with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists on the Final Four stage. He scored 13 of team’s 28 points in the first half. For Hunter, he surged early in the second half when he made all 5 shots he took to finish with 14 points. For Guy, well he had the biggest 10 seconds in Cavalier history to rescue the season from the fire one more time when he hit a corner 3-pointer and then 3 pressure-packed free throws in the final second.

Let’s take a closer look at some other things in the Double Bonus.

Sideline Stack

As already mentioned, Kyle Guy put the game away with three free throws in the final second in Minneapolis. But how to Guy get to the line? The Cavaliers turned to their bread-and-butter late clock sideline out of bounds play.

The alignment put Kihei Clark on the opposite side of the floor of Ty Jerome as the passer. The other three players lined up in a stack with Guy on the bottom, Mamadi Diakite in the middle, and De’Andre Hunter on the top. The play started with Diakite wrapping around Hunter for a look at a lob with Guy also setting