On This Date: Virginia Beats Purdue in Elite Eight Thriller to Advance to the Final Four

On This Date: Virginia Beats Purdue in Elite Eight Thriller to Advance to the Final Four

Three years ago today, Kihei Clark and Mamadi Diakite made a play that Virginia fans will never forget.

It will be remembered so well that it is probably not necessary to remind UVA fans how the buzzer had sounded and Virginia still trailed by two points on the scoreboard as the ball sailed through the air. In a way, Virginia’s season was over.

Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, and De’Andre Hunter are rightfully heralded as the leaders of Virginia’s title run, but the 2019 National Championship does not happen without the pivotal contributions of Kihei Clark and Mamadi Diakite. In that moment, they were the two most important players to ever wear the orange and blue.

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