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No. 1 Kansas (25-5) vs. No.4 Virgina (24-8) NCAA TOURNAMENT


What: NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal

Where: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Mo.

When: Tonight, approximately 10:30

TV: Channels 13, 9.

How they got there: Kansas beat Colgate, 82-68, and Western Kentucky, 75-70; Virginia beat Nicholls State, 96-72, and Miami of Ohio, 60-54, in OT.

Outlook: The two schools never have met, but Jeff Jones and Roy Williams are familiar from their days as assistant coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers give away a considerable amount of height in the paint, and if senior C Junior Burrough gets in foul trouble against the rotation of 7-2 Greg Ostertag, 6-11 Raef LaFrentz and 6-10 Scot Pollard, Virginia doesn't figure to last long. The key matchup comes in the backcourt, where sophomore point guards Jacque Vaughn and Harold Deane have different approaches. Vaughn is a conventional floor leader, and Deane is the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer in addition to taking over the ball-handling after a season-ending injury to Cory Alexander. Both Deane and freshman backcourt partner Curtis Staples shot poorly in the sub-regional at Dayton.

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