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Sweet 16 small ball

Guards, not bigs, will decide outcome of Gaels-Bears clash

Updated: March 20, 2010, 10:44 PM ET
By Alvin Chang | ESPN Insider
St. Mary and BaylorAP Photo, US PresswireSaint Mary's and Baylor will battle in Houston.

The "Instant Intel" series is designed to immediately respond to a team's victory by looking ahead to its next opponent.

It's time for a great post matchup.

St. Mary's 6-foot-11 C Omar Samhan just might be the tournament's most skilled big man. He's averaging 30.5 points a game while showing off his smooth post moves and a high basketball IQ.

In the opposite corner is Baylor's Ekpe Udoh, who set the Big 12 single-season record for blocks (123) while averaging close to a double-double in his first season with the Bears.

This matchup will be the pregame drama, the early-game attention grabber and maybe even the postgame storyline. But despite all that, this game is going to be decided by the guards.

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