No. 1 Virginia beats No. 9 Oklahoma to advance to Sweet 16

Cavaliers to face Oregon on Thursday night

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Ty Jerome #11 of the Virginia Cavaliers reacts as he lies on the court against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second half in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 24, 2019, in…

No. 1 seed Virginia advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 63-51 victory over No. 9 Oklahoma Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Junior forward Mamadi Diakite led the Cavaliers with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

The Sooners (20-14) were led by sophomore forward Brady Manek and senior guard Christian James with 13 points each.

Virginia advanced to the Sweet 16 a year after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round and two days after suffering a similar scare against No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb in their tournament debut.

The Cavaliers (31-3) will face No. 12 Oregon in the Sweet 16 at 9:59 p.m. ET Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. That will be the second game of the night in South Region play, with the earlier game featuring No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Purdue at 7:29 p.m. ET.

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