Today's regionals

Ncaa Tournament

March 25, 2006|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Atlanta

No. 2 Texas vs. No. 4 LSU

TIME, TV -- 4:40 p.m., chs. 13, 9

RECORDS -- Texas 30-6, LSU 26-8.

HOW THEY GOT HERE -- Texas def. No. 15 Penn, 60-52, No. 10 N.C. State, 75-54, No. 6 West Virginia, 74-71; LSU def. No. 13 Iona, 80-64, No. 12 Texas A&M, 58-57, No. 1 Duke, 62-54.

THE BUZZ -- A big-time matchup of big men - Texas' LaMarcus Aldridge, P.J. Tucker, Brad Buckman and Mike Williams against LSU's Glen "Big Baby" Davis, Tasmin Mitchell, Tyrus Thomas, Darnell Lazare and Magnum Rolle. Texas outrebounds foes by almost 11 per game; LSU outrebounds foes by almost nine per game. LSU's defense was magnificent in an upset of Duke on Thursday night; today, though, the emphasis for the Tigers will be on mucking things up in the low post, not the perimeter. Darrell Mitchell is the only LSU guard who can score. Texas has the advantage in the backcourt, so the Longhorns need to make sure guard play decides the outcome. One way is with defensive pressure. LSU commits a lot of turnovers, and the Longhorns need to turn them into transition baskets. G Daniel Gibson needs to make sure his first priority is getting the ball to Aldridge and Tucker. Worth noting: Two of LSU's losses came to Florida, a team that, like Texas, has good size in the frontcourt and a point guard who can score.

Oakland

No. 1 Memphis vs. No. 2 UCLA

TIME, TV -- 7:05 p.m., chs. 13, 9

RECORDS -- Memphis 33-3, UCLA 30-6.

HOW THEY GOT HERE -- Memphis def. No. 16 Oral Roberts 94-78, No. 9 Bucknell 72-56. No. 13 Bradley 80-64; UCLA def. No. 15 Belmont 78-44, No. 10 Alabama 62-59, No. 3 Gonzaga 73-71.

THE BUZZ -- These teams met in November in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT, with Memphis winning 88-80. If the score again is in the 80s, Memphis again will win. UCLA needs to slow the pace and keep the game in the high 60s or low 70s. The Bruins need a solid game from Gs Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar; they also could use a big game offensively from someone in the frontcourt, but no one in the frontcourt really is a scorer. Memphis forces almost 18 turnovers per game, and that has to worry UCLA coaches: The Bruins have two more turnovers than assists this season. Backup G Michael Roll may be a wild card for the Bruins; he is a dangerous 3-point shooter. Memphis comes after you with waves of athletes, and in F Rodney Carney, the Tigers have one of the best players in the nation. Watch F Joey Dorsey (Douglass), a load in the low post who is foul-prone. The Bruins want to get him on the bench. The Tigers' defense is underrated; they hold foes to 38.0 percent shooting from the field and average 6.5 blocks per game. Like UCLA, though, Memphis can be sloppy with the ball: The Tigers have just four more assists than turnovers. You also wonder about the Tigers' poise if it's close down the stretch: UCLA is the first BCS-league opponent for Memphis since Jan. 18 (a span of 18 games) and just the second this calendar year.

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