* Tournament Thus Far: Kentucky -- beat No. 16 IUPUI, 95-64; beat No. 9 Utah, 74-54; beat No. 5 Wisconsin, 63-57. Marquette -- beat No. 14 Holy Cross, 72-68; beat No. 6 Missouri, 101-92 (OT); beat No. 2 Pittsburgh, 77-74.

* Why Kentucky Will Win: No one can match up with Kentucky center Marquis Estill, who dominated the lane against Wisconsin with 28 points and six rebounds. He is averaging 19 points and seven rebounds in the tournament.

* Why Marquette Will Win: Marquette's back court of Travis Diener and Dwyane Wade will control the tempo and handle Kentucky's full-court press. Combined they are averaging just four turnovers per tournament game.

* Key Matchup: Keith Bogans vs. Wade. If Bogans does not recover from the high ankle sprain suffered Thursday night, the Wildcats will be without their top scorer and emotional leader. Kentucky didn't need Bogans against Wisconsin, but could be at a disadvantage without him against the Golden Eagles. Wade fills the same role for Marquette, as evidenced by his 22-point, four-assist performance highlighted by a mind-boggling scoop shot as he fell to the ground. He's made 15 of 16 free throws in the NCAAs.


Average steals per game for Kentucky's full-court pressure defense. In three NCAA tournament games the Wildcats have 24 steals, including 10 on Thursday against Wisconsin.