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Four teams eye last two spots in Final Four

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Saturday's Elite Eight: Huskies, Cowboys Earn Trips to Final Four

Two Elite Eight games remain to be played on Sunday (see previews below), with the last two Final Four spots in the balance. Who will join UConn and Oklahoma State in San Antonio?


Georgia Tech (3) vs. Kansas (4)
It's ACC vs. Big 12 in the St. Louis Regional final. I know lots of people thought Kentucky and Gonzaga would meet in this game, but don't tell that to Tech coach Paul Hewitt or Kansas coach Bill Self.

Kansas has won its three NCAA Tournament games by double figures. Georgia Tech earned a hard-fought win against Nevada to advance to play the Jayhawks.

The key to this contest might be the health status of BJ Elder (ankle injury). Georgia Tech certainly isn't the same team without him in the lineup.

Kansas has been so impressive, with forward Wayne Simien dominating inside. Guard Aaron Miles did a great job breaking the pressure against UAB as Kansas rolled to a 100-74 victory in the regional semifinal.

Georgia Tech was truly tested by Nevada but got the W despite Elder's injury. Give credit to center Luke Schenscher and his defense inside. He'll have to do another good job against Simien. This will be quite a battle.


Xavier (7) vs. Duke (1)
Xavier is as hot as any team in the tournament. Remember, the Musketeers were 10-9 in late January, but then they caught fire and have now won 16 of 17 games.

Xavier's guard trio of Romain Sato, Lionel Chalmers and Dedrick Finn have been sensational. But they will face a Duke team that is so deep on the perimeter, led by Chris Duhon and J.J. Redick.

The key to this game may be the inside play of Duke big men Shelden Williams and Shavlik Randolph. I was impressed, though, with the defensive effort of Xavier forward Anthony Myles against Texas in the regional semifinal.

This should be another great battle, but Duke has to be considered the favorite as both the No. 1 seed and a battle-tested team that can almost taste the Final Four.

Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979 (he's been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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