**The video above includes an interview with Daily Progress reporter Andrew Ramspacher, who covers Virginia men's basketball.**
Two top five defenses will face off on Saturday in Orlando, however, both Florida and Virginia have two quite contrasting styles. With the Cavaliers wanting to slow down the pace, the Gators will look to quicken the pace back up.
So how good is Tony Bennett's pack line defense? Virginia boasts the nation’s stingiest scoring defense, surrendering just 56.1 points per game-Clemson is the only team to reach 70 points in regulation against the Wahoos this season.
"Year in and year out, they're in the top five in defensive efficiency in the country, which would put them in the argument to be the best defensive program in college basketball. They make you play differently," said Gators head coach Mike White. "They don't turn the ball over. And we're a team that struggled at times in the half-court, and we're going to have to score in the half-court... They're extremely physical. They're extremely sound and disciplined. They're a strong team. They're a quick-footed team. They move great laterally. They've got good length. They block shots at the rim. There's not a deficiency defensively."
Who to Watch?
With Isaiah Wilkins doubtful for the game, the Cavs will hurt for height in the game. Wilkins leads UVa in rebounds, blocks and steals and recorded two double-doubles this season-there is a reason why Tony Bennett refers him as the "heart and soul" of the defense. Here is a look at the pieces UVa are looking to use.
London Perrantes is obviously the guy to watch for the Gators. The senior guard has averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 46.8 percent from downtown in ten NCAA tournament games. He is the first Cavalier to win an NCAA Tournament game in four straight years. Perrantes is the lone Wahoo to average double figures this season, so he will be the biggest offensive weapon for Tony Bennett-scoring in double figures in 21 games this season. He averages 12.9 points per game and has a team-best 125 assists.
"What's really impressive about him, really he's a microcosm of all of them, in my opinion, both offensively and defensively, in that they're just so sound," said Gators head coach Mike White. "They just take good shots. They make good decisions. They don't break down defensively. And it's led by a guy -- I don't know that he's their leader, their captain, but he lets it come to him.
"I've watched games on TV where it seems like he's disappeared," White added. "He may have six points with ten minutes, and all of a sudden, he finishes the game with 18 and 8 assists and 7 rebounds or whatever. He just makes big plays, plays with a lot of confidence, with a lot of savvy."
Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome are two freshmen guards that have taken up a lot more responsibility as of late. Prior to the NCAA tournament, Guy was shooting 50.5 percent from the three, 12.4 points per game and has recorded 16 triples in five games. Jerome has only started three times this season, averaging 10 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5 assists in the ACC tournament. Jerome started in place of Wilkins in first round, however, with Florida's height it will be hard to see Bennett going with four guards once again.
Devon Hall is another versatile guard for the Cavaliers. Hall at times has been one to step up for UVa offensively by scoring in double figures in 15 games. He has had a career-high of nine rebounds in five games this season.
Jack Salt and Mamadi Diakite are the two guys that UVa will look to replace Wilkins on the inside. Salt had a career-high of nine rebounds against Pittsburgh this month, while Diakite is second on the team with 38 blocks, coming off the bench.
The Gators and the Cavaliers are 1-1 all time in the series, with Florida getting the best of the match up in the NCAA Tournament in 2012.
This game is slated to tipoff at 8:10 PM, at the conclusion of Xavier's game against Florida State on Saturday. It will be televised on TNT.