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Tigers and Terps to meet in second round of NCAA Tourney

By Joseph Russell - Special to WMCTV.com

After slipping by California State University at Northridge in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday, The University of Memphis men's basketball team will return to the court Saturday to face the Maryland Terrapins at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. 
 
Powered by a career-high 35 points from Roburt Sallie, the Tigers (32-3) avoided becoming the fifth No. 2 seed in NCAA history to lose to a No. 15-seeded team. With the win, they move into the second round of the West regional. 
 
The No. 10-seeded Terrapins reached the second round by upsetting No. 7 seed California. The Terps used 27 points from junior guard Greivis Vasquez, as well as a fullcourt press to disrupt Cal, the nation's best three-point shooting team, to pull off an 84-71 victory. 
 
Maryland (21-13) took a 34-31 lead into the halftime, the same halftime score of the Tigers' game earlier in the day, but scored 50 points in the second half by running their offense through the post players. 
 
Both teams showcase high-powered offenses, as The U of M scores 74.3 points per game while the Terrapins average 71.8 points per contest. The Tigers are clearly the better defensive team, allowing 10 points less than the Terps do. 
 
This will be just the fourth time these two teams have ever played each other, with the last match-up coming in the 2004-05 season. The Tigers lost that game 84-61. The last time The U of M was victorious over the Terps was the 1966-67 season, when they pulled off a 55-53 win. 
 
The biggest problem for the Tigers this time around will be Vasquez. 
 
The 6-foot-6 guard is known for his emotion, hustle and passion, especially after notching a triple-double with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against North Carolina earlier in the season. 
 
He can shoot the ball from long range but has no problem with taking the ball to the rim. He can even post up smaller defenders for easy points in the paint. 
 
Tigers' senior guard Antonio Anderson, the Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year, may be the only player who can stop him. After holding UAB's Robert Vaden to no points on 0-for-17 shooting in late February, Anderson proved he was one of the premiere defenders in the country. 
 
The Terps have proven they can knock off some of the top teams in the country, so it's up to the Tigers to prove whether they belong or not. 

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