Today's games Here's a quick look at today's NCAA tournament regional championship games:
West Regional No. 3 Missouri (31-6) vs. No. 1 Connecticut (30-4), 4:40 p.m.: The happiest man in America today might be Jimmy Sexton, the agent for hot-as-lava Missouri coach Mike Anderson. After Anderson's Tigers steamrolled No. 2 seed Memphis 102-91 to move within one victory of the first Final Four appearance in school history, he's in line for a fat raise — from Missouri or another school that covets his fast-paced style of play. Missouri would like to force UConn into an uncomfortably frenetic pace designed to wear down opponents and turn turnovers into easy points. UConn would prefer a slower game that enables the likes of big man Hasheem Thabeet to dominate the paint.
East Regional No. 3 Villanova (29-7) vs. No. 1 Pittsburgh (31-4), 7:05 p.m.: A Big East team will punch a ticket to the Final Four. Villanova senior forward Dante Cunningham scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to help the Wildcats knock off No. 2 Duke 77-54 in Thursday's Sweet 16 game. As a result, the Wildcats advanced to their second region final in the last four seasons. Pittsburgh received a scare from Xavier before defeating the Musketeers 60-55 Thursday. Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair might be the best big man in the tournament, and a big game from him will certainly increase the Panthers' chances.