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DEPTH OF TALENT IS KEY

First, I'll go out on a limb and predict that today's Duke-Kentucky regional final won't be as gripping and memorable as the 1992 game.

But it should be awfully good, a clash between the two deepest teams in the nation, and two of the country's most accomplished head coaches.

The statistical similarities are remarkable. Both teams shoot around 48 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range, and 67 percent from the foul line. Both go nine-deep and get scoring from many sources.

Kentucky has an edge on the backboards. The Wildcats outrebound their opponents by a whopping 10 a game, while Duke has struggled at times against big, physical front lines.

I don't get the fascination with Steve Wojciechowski. He's supposed to be a great ball defender, but he seemed overmatched Friday against Syracuse. He'll have even more difficulty against Kentucky.

Duke's freshmen are terrific. But they haven't faced a team that is their equal in depth and talent -- and has Final Four experience throughout the roster.

Kentucky 84, Duke 80.
-- JERRY SULLIVAN

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