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Take a moment to admire Josh Pastner’s defensive prowess and passion

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Memphis coach Josh Pastner isn't known as one of the most exuberant college basketball coaches, but don't think for a second the guy doesn't have passion.

Late in the first half of Memphis' Round of 32 game against Michigan State, Pastner saw the Spartans pass the ball into the post and noticed junior forward Tarik Black didn't have his hands up to defend Derrick Nix.

Pastner couldn't stand for that. So he starting jumping up and down like a mad man presumably telling Black what he was doing wrong. Black was able to force Nix into an awkward looking left-handed shot that missed and the Tigers won the rebound.

Pastner earned his first NCAA tournament victory Thursday when the Tigers beat Saint Mary's and clearly wants another to take his team to the Sweet 16.

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