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Marquette win ends long streak for Cats

Streak stopped: Top-seeded Kentucky had its 26-game winning streak snapped when Marquette defeated the Wildcats 83-69 Saturday in the Midwest Regional final. Kentucky, which finished 16-0 in SEC play and won the conference tournament, had not given up 80 points since Dec. 30, when it beat Tennessee State 115-87 to begin the winning streak.

Back again: Kansas advanced to the 12th Final Four in school history with its 78-75 victory over top-seeded Arizona in the West Regional final Saturday. The win was also the 1,800th in school history, third-most in the NCAA. The Jayhawks are in the Final Four for the fourth time in Roy Williams' 15 seasons as coach. Williams has a 417-100 career record, and his .807 winning percentage is the best among active coaches, but he's never won a national championship.

Strong in defeat: Jason Gardner led Arizona with 23 points, while Luke Walton added 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the Wildcats' loss to Kansas. Looking ahead: Game to watch: Top-seeded Oklahoma against No. 3 Syracuse in the East Regional final Sunday at Albany, N.Y. The Sooners (27-6), led by guards Hollis Price and Quannas White, will be trying to advance to the Final Four for the second straight season. The Orangemen (27-5) are led by freshman sensation Carmelo Anthony, and the game is being played just 2 1/2 hours from their upstate New York campus.

Upset special: Michigan State over top-seeded Texas in the South Regional final Sunday at San Antonio. The seventh-seeded Spartans (22-12) have won eight of their last nine and are trying to advance to the Final Four for the fourth time in five seasons. Michigan State's physical play could also force Longhorns point guard T.J. Ford to score from the outside. Ford is shooting just 29 percent in the tournament.

Player to watch: T.J. Ford, the pint-sized point guard who is the heart of the Texas Longhorns. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Ford is an average shooter (only 42 percent during the season) but his pass-first mentality makes the entire Texas team better.

Quotable: "I wanted to take Marquette to the next level, the same level as Al McGuire did," Dwyane Wade said, referring to the late McGuire, who coached Marquette to its only national championship, in 1977. Wade finished with a triple-double — 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Saturday's 83-69 win over Kentucky.