No. 3 Baylor (29-7) vs. No. 10 Xavier (23-12), 4:15 p.m., Channel 2: A big question for Baylor always is whether its talented frontcourt is going to show up. Quincy Acy, Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller average in double figures, but their lack of consistency is startling. Baylor enjoys a decided height advantage over Xavier, but the Musketeers are more physical. Xavier needs a big game from 7-footer Kenny Frease, who dominated Lehigh in the second round. Frease isn't the most athletic big guy, but he can carve out space with his body and could do some damage. The point guard matchup between Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Xavier's Tu Holloway should be excellent. Both can get into the lane at will and also make the three-pointer. Baylor's Brady Heslip made nine three-pointers in the win over Colorado, and when he is that hot from the outside, Baylor is tremendously difficult to defend. Xavier's perimeter defense has been solid, for the most part. Xavier's Mark Lyons is a three-point threat too, and Baylor's short guards can be exploited on the perimeter.
No. 1 Kentucky (34-2) vs. No. 4 Indiana (27-8), 6:45 p.m., Channel 2: Indiana beat Kentucky, 73-72, on Dec. 10 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Christian Watford, and the Wildcats have lost once since. If Indiana is to pull the upset, it needs to make its three-pointers. The Hoosiers are second nationally in three-point percentage at 43.7; Kentucky allows foes to make 31.7% from beyond the arc. Both have excellent freshman centers in Cody Zeller (Indiana) and Anthony Davis (Kentucky), but as good as Zeller has been this season, Davis has played at a different level, especially on defense. Davis had only seven points in the first meeting, and it would seem a priority to make sure he gets touches early in this one. Indiana generally rebounds well, but can the Hoosiers keep the Wildcats off the offensive glass? Indiana's ballhandling also bears watching; the Hoosiers struggled against Virginia Commonwealth's attacking defense.