Bogans suffered through a disappointing junior year but is averaging 18.2 points and 3.4 assists per game this season. Apparently, he has recaptured the magic that made him one of the SEC's premier players in 2000-2001.
''If you look at Bogans, compared to last year, his attitude's changed,'' Peterson said. ''He's playing under control, he's playing smarter and he's hitting the outside shot.''
''Inside, they've got the big guys who can block shots and score,'' Peterson said. ''They've got the athletes.... It's the biggest frontline we've faced.''
Basically, the head man sees two keys to victory:
''A couple of keys for our team: Our defensive transition's got to be at its best and our box-outs have got to be at their best,'' Peterson said. ''That's something we've done a pretty good job of. We've got a plus-10 rebound margin now but we're going against better athletes, stronger people inside, so it'll be interesting to see how we do.''
In addition, it will be interesting to see how C.J. Watson, UT's freshman point guard, handles the pressure that's sure to come from a team as tenacious as the Wildcats. Peterson concedes as much, noting: ''I don't think C.J. Watson has faced a Cliff Hawkins, who's quick and small and can stay with him.''