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MEMPHIS VS. UCLA

TIME: 6:07 p.m.

RECORDS: Memphis 37-1, UCLA 35-3

THE BUZZ: Tempo will play a big role in this one. UCLA would prefer a grind-it-out affair in the 60s. Memphis has been held to 70 or fewer points just eight times this season. Kevin Love is the Bruins' only consistent low-post scorer, and how he fares against Memphis' Joey Dorsey, Robert Dozier and Shawn Taggart bears watching. UCLA needs Josh Shipp to hit some shots from the perimeter. If Shipp is cold, Darren Collison becomes the Bruins' only other outside threat. Memphis point guard Derrick Rose has been magnificent in the tournament. He is an excellent passer, can hit the 3-pointer and get into the lane.

KANSAS VS. NORTH CAROLINA

TIME: 8:47 p.m.

RECORDS: Kansas 35-3, North Carolina 36-2

THE BUZZ: Are Bill Self and his team just happy to be here, or can Kansas be expected to continue to play with a sense of urgency? Actually, if North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is knocking down 17- and 18-footers, no one is going to beat the Tar Heels. Kansas needs Darnell Jackson, Darrell Arthur and Sasha Kaun to pound away on Hansbrough, who is the only North Carolina big man to be feared offensively. Kansas has the backcourt quickness -- and depth -- to keep Tar Heels point guard Ty Lawson from dominating. The Jayhawks need Brandon Rush to be hot from beyond the arc. If Kansas gets Rush and Mario Chalmers bombing away, it's hard to beat.

-- Mike Huguenin, Rivals.com


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