West Virginia ready to relieve Mizzou's pressure D - KMOV.com

West Virginia ready to relieve Mizzou's pressure D

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Loose and jovial, West Virginia's five starters sat behind a table at the news conference joking among themselves and showing no signs of concern about the big test ahead.

To be sure, the second-seeded Mountaineers have plenty of respect for Missouri and its high-tempo brand of pressure defense they will see in an NCAA tournament East Regional second-round matchup Sunday.

Just don't ask them if they're intimidated.

Guard Darryl Byrant called it "cool," because the Big East Conference champs are accustomed to dealing with opponents like Mizzou.

The 10th-seeded Tigers were equally confident Saturday, a day after their relentless style wore down Clemson. Coach Mike Anderson has no plans to change his approach.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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