* Tournament Thus Far: Arizona -- beat No. 16 Vermont, 80-51; beat No. 9 Gonzaga, 96-95 (2 OT); beat No. 5 Notre Dame, 88-71. Kansas -- beat No. 15 Utah State, 64-61; beat No. 10 Arizona State, 108-76; beat No. 3 Duke, 69-65.

* Why Arizona Will Win: The Wildcats already beat Kansas this year, a 91-74 thrashing in Lawrence. Guards Jason Gardner and Salim Stoudamire prove too tough.

* Why Kansas Will Win: Payback is the Jayhawks' motivation as they try to erase the memories of their most lopsided home loss since 1989. Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich come through.

* Key Matchup: The back courts. In the first meeting, Arizona's Stoudamire and Gardner scorched Kansas for a combined 55 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. In the tournament the tandem is averaging 29 points combined. Hinrich, Aaron Miles and Keith Langford will have to match the Wildcats' quick guards. The Jayhawks' trio combined for just five three-pointers and committed 12 turnovers in the Arizona loss. In three tournament games Kansas's back court has made just 8 of 26 three-point attempts and were 8 of 34 from the field Thursday against Duke.


Three-point field goal percentage for Arizona guards Salim Stoudamire and Jason Gardner in three NCAA tournament games (25 of 67), including 6 of 9 against Notre Dame on Thursday.