Memphis coach Josh Pastner and his Tigers were knocked out of the NCAA tournament Sunday night by Virginia in Raleigh, N.C. Last season, Pastner had the misfortune of drawing Michigan State at Auburn Hills in the NCAA tournament. The Memphis coach talked Monday with MLive.com about some elements of the upcoming Michigan State-Virginia matchup in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. "Here's the thing: everyone talks about their defense, but their offense makes their defense,'' Pastner said when asked what makes ACC champ and East Region No. 1 seed Virginia (30-6) so effective. "They are the best in the country at using screens when they don't have the ball; they move so well without the basketball,'' Pastner said. "They do such a good job of moving around on offense that they wear you down.'' Pastner said his No. 8-seeded Tigers (24-10) had their opportunities before ultimately falling, 78-60. "We missed a lot of open shots, and not just 3-pointers, but layups and free throws,'' Pastner said. "It sounds obvious, but you have to make your shots, because Virginia is not going to beat themselves.'' Having seen all of the major contributors on No. 4 seed Michigan State (28-8), Pastner was in prime position to break down the Spartans' 10 p.m. Friday Sweet 16 game against the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden in New York City. "State has to be able to do a great job on the perimeter, defensively, of guarding the guys moving without the ball,'' Pastner said. "But I also don't think Virginia has anyone that can match up with (Adreian) Payne. He's the X-factor, and we felt he was the X-factor last year.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner says Adreian Payne the 'X-factor' against Virginia
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