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Cavaliers Looking to Slow Down Memphis

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The Virginia men's basketball team has 29 wins this year.

One more would tie the school record for the most in a single season.

The Cavaliers will get their chance Sunday when they take on Memphis in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32.

The 'Hoos will be looking to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 19 years.

This will be a battle of contrasting styles.

No. 8 seed Memphis likes to run and is averaging 77 points per game.

The Tigers are talented, having beaten defending national champion Louisville twice in the regular season.

Virginia likes to play its half-court game and manage the clock.

The 'Hoos lead the nation in scoring defense, setting up an intriguing match-up.

UVa head coach Tony Bennett says, "Do they have more team speed than us, and do we have a player as quick as some of their guards? Perhaps not, but I think we have better athletes than you think. They're physical, but they know how they have to be. That test will be real. It will be very real."

"We've got some great speed and quickness," says Memphis head coach Josh Pastner.  "We've got senior guards. They have to match up with us as well. I know that's something they'll have to prepare for, just like we have to prepare for them and their perimeter players."

Virginia sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon says, "They want to run. That's what they pride themselves on. We pride ourselves on stopping teams in transition, and slowing teams down. It's going to be a test of wills."

Senior Joe Harris adds, "It's one of our non-negotiable's. It's one of the principles of our program, to get back, and not allow any transition buckets, and I feel like we do a very good job of that."
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