Doug's Saturday picks

A trip to The Big Easy rides on one game, and what a game it should be for both Wildcats. Against Kansas, Arizona is facing an opponent it outran by 37 points during the final stretch of its last meeting. With a bitter taste for revenge, the Jayhawks will not lack motivation. Those "Other Wildcats" from Kentucky will be playing with a less-than-100 percent Keith Bogans, but they must somehow find a spark plug from someone to match the intensity of Marquette's Dwayne Wade.

Midwest Regional Final (Minneapolis, Minn.)

No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Marquette
The Wildcats are already limited offensively. If Bogans' high ankle sprain prevents him from getting the lift necessary to make his outside shot effective, Kentucky has a problem. Bogans and Gerald Fitch are UK's only outside threats and without Bogans' firepower Marquette can drop down to help on Marquis Estill. The key for the Golden Eagles will be to keep Robert Jackson and Scott Merritt out of foul trouble.
Wade can control the game offensively for Marquette and should get his points. If the Wildcats try to take Wade out of the offense, it could leave open looks for Travis Diener, a prolific three-point shooter.
This game has upset written all over it. Go with the Golden Eagles

West Regional Final (Anaheim, Calif.)

No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 2 Kansas
Kansas has the sour taste of revenge in its mouth, while the Wildcats are on a mission. Kansas coach Roy Williams hopes he can get the kind of game out of Nick Collison that propelled the Jayhawks to the Elite Eight, but he also knows how the Wildcats limited Collison in their 91-74 victory at Allen Fieldhouse back in January. Collison is certainly a key to the Jayhawks' success, but he's no means the only one. KU must get great (not good) play from Jeff Graves to have a chance. Graves has been foul prone and if he gets in foul trouble or can't muscle Channing Frye away the basket far enough to make Frye ineffective it will be long night for Kansas. KU also needs to get scoring from Kirk Hinrich and Keith Langford or it all over for the Jayhawks.
Arizona will pound the ball into Frye and put offensive pressure on Graves and Collison down low. Salim Stoudamire and Jason Gardner must hit their perimeter jumpers early to loosen it up in the paint. As much as Frye and Stoudamire might appear to be the keys to Arizona's success, don't count out the contributions of Luke Walton and Rick Anderson.
Defense is the key to the game and the team that plays the best D and stays out of foul trouble should win. The Wildcats simply have more firepower and are much too deep. Go with the Cats. Talk about this on the CATS LAIR MESSAGE BOARDS


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