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31-4, 3rd in Pac-12

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of tonight's Sweet 16 games: North Carolina -7 vs. Butler O/U 155; Baylor -3 vs. South Carolina O/U 135.5; UCLA -1.5 vs. Kentucky O/U 167; Florida -1 vs. Wisconsin O/U 131

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

The court before the madness starts here in Memphis.

ESPN Stats and Information  

UCLA and Kentucky rank first and second in national titles won (UCLA - 11, UK – 8). Tonight will be the third meeting in the NCAA Tournament between the two schools. The winner won the national title after each of the previous two meetings. Friday's game will feature five of the top-20 players on Chad Ford's 2017 NBA Draft Big Board.

ESPN Stats and Information  

ESPN's BPI gives a slight edge to Kentucky in this Sweet 16 battle Friday night (9:39 p.m. ET). This will be the third meeting in the NCAA tournament between the two legendary programs, with the winner going on to win the national title the previous two times.

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Greenberg on Alford: " Indiana is his school"

ESPN Analyst Seth Greenberg joins The Morning Show to talk about Steve Alford's future, LaVar Ball's latest comments, last night's NCAA Tournament outcomes and tonight's UCLA match up against Kentucky.

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Stephen A. denies LaVar got the best of him (2:08)
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Players reflect on Sweet 16 spotlight (1:26)
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Keys to the game: UCLA vs. Kentucky (2:38)
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19hJohn Gasaway

Why Lonzo Ball should be more like De'Aaron Fox

It might seem silly to try and change the potential No. 1 pick in the draft, but if UCLA wants to advance beyond the Sweet 16, it needs its superstar freshman to shoot more.

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20hJeff Goodman

Make-or-break player: Lonzo Ball

The freshman phenom does everything for UCLA. If he doesn't play well, the Bruins have no shot against stiff competition this weekend.

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LaVar Ball debates ... LaVar Ball (1:25)
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23hChad Ford

Ranking the best NBA draft prospects in Sweet 16

Which NBA draft prospects do you need to watch in the Sweet 16? Chad Ford shares the latest intel from scouts and GMs to rank the top 25 players still dancing.

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Calipari previews matchup vs. UCLA (2:19)
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Tournament expectations are highest for UK (1:52)
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Lonzo is the reason for UCLA's season

Lonzo Ball has positioned himself for Wooden Award consideration regardless of what happens in UCLA's Sweet 16 showdown against Kentucky on Friday night.

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Lonzo Ball says father's bragging behavior nothing new (0:22)
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Ball continues his proclamations

LaVar Ball joins Stephen A. Smith to discuss his claims that he could beat NBA greats 1-on-1 and that he doesn't worry about what the outside world thinks of him.

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Friday's tourney teams are historically great (0:34)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari on leaving Memphis: "Kentucky is [a job] you leave for. .... It's Kentucky. It's Kentucky." Says he rejected three previous offers and said three other schools had reached out to him during his time in Memphis. He says he wanted to be at a Power 5 school.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari says he enjoyed his time in Memphis. Discussed the reception he held for some of his friends last night at a local hotel. "I understand some people were upset I left," he said. "I get it."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Dominique Hawkins says the big difference between the Kentucky team that lost to UCLA in December and the team that will face the Bruins on Friday is that the Wildcats are a better defensive team. Says they were still learning at the time of the loss. More confident on that end of the floor now.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball on his father: "He's been talking like this since I was born." Says it's nothing new for him. He's "just on TV" a lot now.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball on the shooting ability of his bigs: "It helps a lot. ... Having a 5- and 4-man who can spread the floor."

Team Stats

Points Per Game90.21st
Rebounds Per Game38.838th
Assists Per Game21.61st
Points Allowed75.2253rd

Tournament History

Final Fours18
Tournament Record103-40
Championship Seasons1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995
Tournament Appearances47