ANAHEIM, Calif -- If you like point guards, San Diego State vs. Connecticut is your match-up.
UConn junior Kemba Walker is a finalist of the Naismith Award (College basketball player of the year) and the Cousy Award (College basketball best point guard).
SDSU senior D.J. Gay is also a Cousy Award finalist.
But across the country, many more people know Walker than Gay, which is just fine with the Aztecs' team captain.
"You can call me the underdog and under-estimate my abilities if you want," Gay said. "That's perfectly fine. My key thing is going out there and doing whatever it takes to get a win. Whether I scored 20 points or no points. Just putting the ball in the right hands at the right time and making the right play offensively and defensively is what I pride myself on."
The two go head-to-head Thursday afternoon at 4:15 pm at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Walker usually keeps the ball in his own hands. As the nation's fourth-leading scorer (23.6 points per game), he has carried a young Huskies' team (28-9) to a Big East Tournament title and the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament - farther than most people anticipated.
But Walker says scoring is not his biggest asset.
"The biggest is my leadership,"Walker said. "With three freshman on the court and then myself, I think that's the biggest asset to my game.
"I just try to enjoy myself, for the most part. When I'm playing, I'm trying to do whatever is possible to win. Whether I have to score one night or get my teammates involved or guard the best player, anything it takes."
UConn coach Jim Calhoun agrees that leadership sets Walker apart.
"His nickname in high school was 'Easy Pass,'" Calhoun said. "Bcause he was such a great distributor of the basketball, and he has proven that in other games with double-digit assists.
"There isn't anything he can't do and the greatest thing he can do is lead a team and impose his will on his teammates."
Aztecs' coach Steve Fisher says similar things about Gay, calling him the Aztecs' (34-2) most important player.
For those who think Gay is not playing well because he has scored in double figures just once in the past six games (15 points vs. UNLV on March 11), think again.
"If you're looking at points, I'm not playing very well," Gay said. "But I think the overall thing is going out there and running a team and making sure everyone is on the same page and doing what a point guard needs to do to win. So for us to be in the tournament and being 2-0 right now, I think I'm doing something right."
The most important thing he is doing right: protecting the basketball. In two NCAA Tournament games, he has turned the ball over one time, while playing a team-high 84 minutes.
Expect Gay and Walker to stay on the floor all night when the #2 seed Aztecs face the #3 Huskies with a berth in the Elite Eight on the line. The winner faces the winner of #5 Arizona and #1 Duke.