MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — No. 3 seed UCLA (31-4) vs. No. 2 seed Kentucky (31-5) Third round, South region; Memphis, Tennessee; 9:40 p.m. EDT.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — No. 3 seed UCLA (31-4) vs. No. 2 seed Kentucky (31-5)
Third round, South region; Memphis, Tennessee; 9:40 p.m. EDT.
BOTTOM LINE: UCLA has the most national titles, while Kentucky has the most wins all-time — making for lots of history in this showdown. Kentucky coach John Calipari has had much more success in the NCAA Tournament than Steve Alford. Calipari led Kentucky to a national title in 2012, but Alford has UCLA in the Sweet 16 for the third time in his four seasons with the Bruins. The matchup promises to be entertaining: UCLA is the nation's top scoring team, while Kentucky has won 13 straight.
BOOS OR CHEERS: Calipari has a winning history at the FedExForum from his tenure coaching the Memphis Tigers. But many of his old fans remain bitter over the coach bolting for Kentucky in 2009, so the Wildcats may need a big turnout from Big Blue Nation to drown out some boos.
FAB FRESHMEN: Kentucky has its trio of starting freshmen in Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo. UCLA counters with its young phenom, guard Lonzo Ball, along with fellow freshman TJ Leaf.
DID YOU KNOW: UCLA beat the then-No. 1 ranked Wildcats 97-92 in the Bruins' first trip to Rupp Arena on Dec. 3, and they now have won two straight in this series. A third straight win would allow UCLA to tie up Kentucky at 7-7 all-time.