By GREG BEACHAM.  AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Lamont Jones spent his last spring break staring at his dorm room walls, fuming over Arizona’s failure to make the NCAA tournament after 25 straight trips.

The Wildcats have roared back to the brink of the Final Four, and only an undersized scoring machine from Connecticut stands in their way.

Kemba Walker and third-seeded UConn take on fifth-seeded Arizona and star forward Derrick Williams at Honda Center on Saturday in the West regional final.

Walker and Jones are longtime friends from New York, and their guard matchup could determine which ascendant national power goes to Houston.

Walker has been unstoppable during UConn’s eight straight wins, but Williams scored 32 points as Arizona knocked off defending champion Duke.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Clayton Bigsby says:

    I think they meet tomorrow. UConn is going to have a tough time. Arizona has a habit of making deep tourney runs when no one expects them to. Then they usually don’t perform up to expectations in the seasons when they are expected to go deep in the tourney. This team’s run reminds me of the ’97 team that caught everyone by surprise. I feel bad for UConn; I think they have no answer for Arizona’s talent.

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