UVA headed home after stinging loss in NCAA Tourney

Posted at 5:01 PM, Mar 16, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. (WTVR) – The University of Virginia Cavaliers hopes of moving on to the next round of the NCAA Tournament were crushed by the Florida Gators Friday afternoon in Omaha, Neb.

The Gators walloped UVA  by 26 points, with the final score 71-45.

The Cavaliers started off the game strong, but at the seven-minute mark of the first half, the Gators took the lead and the gap continued to  widen.

As a result, a lot of disappointed Cavaliers fans left the CenturyLink Center in Omaha before the end of the game. UVA Head Coach Tony Bennett said all along he knew that it would be a tough game for the team.

The Cavs had not been to NCAA Tournament since 2007. The Gators won back to back national titles in 2006 and 2007.

That said, fifth-year UVA seniors Mike Scott and Sammy Zeglinski said they were happy to have made the tournament this year.

The odds in Las Vegas favored Florida with a betting line of 3.5 points.