5 Virginia Players Who Must Deliver During the Sweet 16

Virginia Basketball: 5 Players Who Must Deliver

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With 30 wins and ACC regular-season and tournament titles, it's been a great season already for the Virginia Cavaliers. Now in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995, UVA takes on No. 4 seed Michigan State in Friday's East Regional semifinal at Madison Square Garden. The top seed Virginia is actually a one-point underdog. Here are five Cavaliers who must deliver if Virginia is to win.

5. Anthony Gill, Reserve Forward

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5. Anthony Gill, Reserve Forward

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Despite coming off the bench, Gill has been Virginia's leading scorer and rebounder in the NCAA Tournament. He was also key in the ACC Tournament, as the Cavaliers have won five straight games. Gill has been a monster in the low post vs. Coastal Carolina and Memphis, shooting 71 percent from the field.

4. Justin Anderson, Reserve Forward

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4. Justin Anderson, Reserve Forward

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The ACC's top sixth-man, Anderson has struggled a bit offensively in the NCAA Tournament, scoring 10 total points, but he's added six rebounds and five assists. But Anderson's value is on defense where his ability as a rim protector and as part of UVA's high-post double teams will be critical against Michigan State.

3. Malcolm Brogdon, Starting Guard

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3. Malcolm Brogdon, Starting Guard

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Brogdon does a bit of everything for Virginia, and that's been true in the NCAA Tournament with the sophomore averaging 12 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. He was also Virginia's best free-throw shooter all season and has hit 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) in the NCAA Tournament.

2. Joe Harris, Starting Guard

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2. Joe Harris, Starting Guard

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Everyone is quick to note how Harris' scoring average has dropped this season after he was first-team All-ACC as a junior. But Harris is a better all-around player this year. Dangerous running off screens both passing and shooting, he's still the offensive ringleader even if Brogdon led the team in scoring this season. Many UVA games this year turned on big-time Harris three-pointers.

1. London Perrantes, Starting Point Guard

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1. London Perrantes, Starting Point Guard

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Perrantes has shown a poised demeanor that is uncommon for freshman point guards in the postseason. He's scored 20 points in UVA's two NCAA Tournament games while adding eight assists and no turnovers. A similar effort is required to beat the Spartans. Perrantes has also hit 9-for-17 (53 percent) from three-point range in Virginia's five postseason games -- all wins.

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