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Game Day - UVa-Memphis Preview

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RALEIGH - Sunday night's 8:40 p.m. game on TNT between Virginia and Memphis will be a contrast in styles. Virginia likes a slower pace. Memphis likes to up the tempo. "That's definitely not how we want to play. That's not our system. That would play directly into Memphis' hands. Of course they have a better chance of winning if the tempo is pushed like that," said Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon.

 

Memphis has been to four straight NCAA Tournaments. They score in transition and increase the speed and quickness of the game - characteristics UVa has had trouble with in losses to VCU, Green Bay, and Maryland. Joe Harris countered that fact. "There's a lot of teams in the ACC that like to get up and down but if we're able to get back, build a defense, it's one of our non-negotiables, our principles of our program to get back and not allow any transition buckets and I feel we do a very good job of that," he said.
Point guard London Perrantes added, "They're going to try to press us which is going to take some time off the clock and things like that so we're probably going to have to find a way to get some better quality shots in the time that we're given."

Coach Tony Bennett said the different styles is what makes the NCAA Tournament so great. "That's the exciting part, can this system, can our togetherness hold up against that kind of speed and quickness," he said Saturday.

The Tigers' three senior guards provide the punch on both ends of the floor. Joe Jackson explains what his team will have to do to win. "Just making their defense shift because if you try to play them on one side it's impossible to beat 'em because they play great help defense and they clog up the paint and they have a lot of strong defenders so just be smart on offense, make good decisions and be decisive and limit our turnovers. We just don't need them to get easy baskets and make them work for everything too," he said.
 
A UVa win would give them 30 on the season and would earn them a trip to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995. Senior forward Akil Mitchell said, "That would be big. We got guys on this team that were born in 1995. That'd be huge for us, the alumni, for Virginia as a whole."

 

 

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