We'll find out Saturday evening, when the teams have a rematch four months later in the NCAA Tournament's Oakland Region final.
But, in reality, the Bruins will have to have gained considerably on John Calipari's squad since the Tigers dominated that contest, for the most part, leading by 17 points at intermission.
Whoops! Check that! It will be LSU that faces the Longhorns with a Final Four berth at stake, less than two days after the Tigers stunned the Blue Devils Thursday night, 62-54.
A closer look at Saturday's regional finals
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Things to consider: The Longhorns
Frank's Spin: This could be the most
competitive, and most entertaining, of the four regional finals this weekend.
Unless the Tigers knock in a bunch of jump shots, look for the Longhorns to
Things to consider: The Tigers are stuck in a rut – they've won each of their tournament games by margins of 16 points. The Bruins, on the other hand, had to survive a late 3-point attempt by Ronald Steele to get by Alabama in Round 2, and had to overcome deficits of 17 (first half) and 14 (second half) points Thursday night to beat a Gonzaga team that had outplayed them for the better part of 37 minutes. As is the case in most basketball games that don't come close to getting the attention that will be showered upon this one, the outcome will be decided in large part on which team can dictate its playing style. The Bruins would prefer more of a 47-foot contest; the Tigers, a better transition team, want to make it endline-to-endline.
Frank's Spin: UCLA can beat the top
seed if it is able force the Tigers to guard its half-court offense for long
stretches of the clock, limit its turnovers and keep the "easy" (transition
buckets and second shots) Memphis points to a minimum. With as well as the
Tigers are playing right now, that's probably too many "ifs".
Inducted into the USBWA Hall of Fame last April, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's national basketball expert and is also a columnist for the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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