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Fast pace, turnovers won't plague WVU

Turns out the Mountaineers prefer to play the up-tempo game favored by the Tigers

Updated: March 20, 2010, 12:13 PM ET
By Elena Bergeron | ESPN The Magazine
ButlerDavid Butler II/US PresswireButler and his teammates stress ball security and enjoy up-tempo games.

The "Instant Intel" series is designed to immediately respond to a team's first-round victory by looking ahead to its next opponent.

In the battle of the pests, Missouri proved to be a better chaos-causer than Clemson on Friday. Maybe that's not a big surprise considering Clemson's messy first-round record under head coach Oliver Purnell (these other Tigers have been first-round outs in each of the past three seasons). But with both teams pressing, only Mike Anderson's Mizzou team was able to prod as effectively as it had all season.

But if Missouri thinks it's going to make a mess out of West Virginia's offense in the second round, the Tigers have another thing coming.


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