ORLANDO, Fla. -- Best known for a fast-paced transition offense that likes to get up and go behind talented guards, Florida showed the remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament something else Saturday night.

These Gators can play defense.

Behind a suddenly ferocious group that hampered fifth-seeded Virginia on seemingly every possession, fourth-seeded Florida advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 65-39 victory at Amway Center.

Florida will play No. 8 seed Wisconsin, which shocked top-seeded Villanova earlier in the day, next week at Madison Square Garden.

The Gators will take with them some newfound confidence after putting together maybe their best game of the season. And it started on the defensive end of the floor.

Nothing came easy for the Cavaliers, who shot just 29.6 percent from the floor (16 of 54), including 1 of 15 from behind the arc while also setting a season low with 17 first-half points.

Florida (26-8), which came in averaging 66.5 points per game, set a season low for fewest points allowed in a game.

Justin Leon (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Devin Robinson (14 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles to lead the Gators.

The game shifted when the Gators used a 12-0 run to close out the first half, largely spurred by Leon. The senior forward did a little bit of everything, converting a layup and drawing a foul, hitting two free throws and connecting on a 3-pointer in quick fashion.

Leon continued his impressive performance by making consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half, the second of which put the Gators ahead 40-17 with 17:39 remaining.

The only question remaining at that point was how ugly it would get for the Cavaliers (23-11), who used a gritty comeback effort to beat UNC Wilmington on Thursday but had no answers for the Gators.

Two days after scoring a game-high 24 points, Virginia guard London Perrantes was held to six points. Marial Shayok, who contributed 23 points on Thursday, was equally underwhelming while scoring seven points.

NOTES: Virginia G London Perrantes became the first player in program history to play in an NCAA Tournament game in four straight seasons. ... Florida G KeVaughn Allen struggled again. After being held to seven points on 1-of-11 shooting from the field against East Tennessee State, Allen scored four points on 2-of-10 shooting. ... The Gators outscored the Cavaliers 23-10 in bench points.
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