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Friday 3/24/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




UCLA (31 - 4) vs. KENTUCKY (31 - 5)
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Friday, 3/24/2017 9:35 PM
NCAA - South Regional Semifinals - FedExForum - Memphis, TN
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UCLA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-4+10.517-1816-1890.243.552.1%38.875.236.842.0%34.9
Road Games15-3+8.69-97-1086.541.650.7%37.477.038.143.6%33.9
Last 5 Games4-1+0.61-42-380.837.047.6%
UCLA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)90.243.534-6552.1%10-2440.6%13-1774.1%39822166115
vs opponents surrendering7233.826-5943.9%8-2135.3%13-1870.2%35914196123
Team Stats (Road Games)86.541.632-6450.7%9-2538.1%12-1674.7%37920175115
Stats Against (All Games)75.236.828-6642.0%9-2436.3%11-1767.5%351013176122
vs opponents averaging73.434.526-5844.8%7-2035.4%14-2071.1%36914186124
Stats Against (Road Games)77.038.128-6443.6%9-2436.7%12-1868.9%341014166122

KENTUCKY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games31-5-4.216-1816-1985.241.047.4%40.271.332.242.0%35.0
Road Games16-3+2.87-118-1181.139.146.0%40.171.732.141.6%37.6
Last 5 Games5-0+41-31-475.234.244.6%38.466.227.038.8%35.8
KENTUCKY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)85.241.030-6347.4%7-2035.0%18-2670.3%401115196125
vs opponents surrendering71.333.425-5842.5%7-2134.2%14-2070.3%35913196133
Team Stats (Road Games)81.139.129-6246.0%6-1933.1%18-2570.3%401014206115
Stats Against (All Games)71.332.226-6142.0%6-2030.5%14-2067.6%35811235143
vs opponents averaging75.135.426-5944.6%7-2135.1%15-2271.3%371014196134
Stats Against (Road Games)71.732.126-6241.6%6-2029.1%14-2265.5%38911224134
Average power rating of opponents played: UCLA 79.7,  KENTUCKY 80.6
UCLA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/4/2017@ WASHINGTON107-66W-10.5W180U43-7160.6%411625-6538.5%2920
2/12/2017OREGON ST78-60W-25.5L156.5U33-6352.4%37923-5740.4%2913
2/23/2017@ ARIZONA ST87-75W-13L176U33-6848.5%491326-6738.8%3010
2/25/2017@ ARIZONA77-72W2.5W161.5U29-6445.3%35826-5151.0%2810
3/4/2017WASHINGTON ST77-68W-24L162.5U27-6144.3%37827-6541.5%3812
3/17/2017*KENT ST97-80W-19.5L163.5O37-5962.7%33631-7143.7%368

KENTUCKY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/4/2017@ FLORIDA66-88L2L160.5U23-6137.7%291330-6248.4%5417
2/11/2017@ ALABAMA67-58W-8W148.5U27-6243.5%411223-5145.1%3816
2/18/2017@ GEORGIA82-77W-8L151O26-6142.6%411428-5550.9%2611
2/21/2017@ MISSOURI72-62W-16.5L154U24-5246.2%441722-6036.7%319
3/4/2017@ TEXAS A&M71-63W-6.5W145U26-5944.1%39623-5740.4%398
3/17/2017*N KENTUCKY79-70W-20L156U27-6144.3%461226-7335.6%408
3/19/2017*WICHITA ST65-62W-3T148.5U23-5541.8%36724-6238.7%3811
UCLA: Last season: 15-17.
Nickname: Bruins.
Coach: Steve Alford.
Conference: Pac-12.
Who's gone: F/C Tony Parker, G/F Jonah Bolden.
Who's back: G Isaac Hamilton. Senior led the Bruins with 16.8 points per game last season. G Bryce Alford. He enters his final season playing for his father. He averaged 16.1 points and a team-high 5.2 assists last season. C Thomas Welsh. The 7-foot junior averaged 11.2 points and 8.5 rebounds. G Aaron Holiday. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists playing 31 minutes a game as a freshman last season, but could be relegated to coming off the bench. F G.G. Goloman. The 6-foot-11 junior averaged 12.1 minutes last season. G Prince Ali. Solid defensive player who averaged 11.8 minutes last season.
Who's new: G Lonzo Ball. Well-regarded for his court vision and playmaking ability. The highly touted freshman is expected to be a one-and-done prospect. F T.J. Leaf. The athletic 6-foot-9 power forward was a McDonald's All-American who scored 3,022 points in his prep career. F/C Ike Anigbogu. The 6-9, 250-pounder gives the Bruins a different look at center than Welsh and could play his way into a larger role.
The Skinny: Alford guided UCLA to just the fourth losing season in school history since John Wooden was hired in 1948. He's got nearly everyone back and bolstered by one of the top recruiting classes in the country, including national player of the year Ball, the Bruins have nowhere to go but up after missing the postseason.
KENTUCKY: Last season: 27-9, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: John Calipari.
Nickname: Wildcats.
Conference: Southeastern.
Who's gone: G Tyler Ulis, G Jamal Murray, F Skal Labissiere, F Marcus Lee (transfer), G/F Charles Matthews (transfer), F Alex Poythress.
Who's back: G Isaiah Briscoe. The sophomore is the Wildcats' leading returning scorer and rebounder at 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season; F Derek Willis. The senior is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest and became a key part of Kentucky's rotation.
Who's new: F Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, a 6-foot-10 McDonald's All-American who is expected to provide a needed presence on both ends of the floor; F Sacha Killeya-Jones, another 6-10 All-American and big man; 6-9 F Wenyen Gabriel; and 6-3 Gs De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, both All-Americans who can score and play the point.
The Skinny: Kentucky lost scoring and floor leadership with the departures of Ulis and Murray to the NBA Draft but Monk, Fox and Briscoe provide plenty of ball-handling options. Inside presence won't be an issue this year with Adebayo, who's already being compared with past Wildcat greats Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. If Kentucky's big men attack the basket and the boards as expected and the team finds some offense, the Wildcats might reach their fifth Final Four in eight seasons under Calipari.
Calipari hopes Kentucky can rebound against UCLA

The Sweet 16 round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament resumes this week with only one battle between top 10 teams -- No.5 Kentucky vs. No. 8 UCLA on Friday night in Memphis, Tenn.

Kentucky (31-5) is the No. 2 seed in the South Region and UCLA (31-4) is the No. 3 seed. However, the Bruins beat the Wildcats, 97-92, on Dec. 3 in Lexington, Ky.

"There has to be so much emotion to these next games," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "This has been an unbelievably successful season, now go finish. We're not worried about the other teams, we have to worry about one team.

" ... It shows a five-point game (against UCLA), but we were never in it. To do what they did, they physically manhandled us. You don't see that very often, especially in this building."

UCLA coach Steve Alford is quick to dismiss that a win in December will have any impact on an NCAA Tournament game in March.

"It's a very, very good basketball team and I think they're better now in March than they were when we played them in December, and I think we're better than what we were in December as well," Alford said. "At least we know them pretty well, as far as prep goes and they obviously know us. But it makes for a great match-up."

In that December game, UCLA freshman T.J. Leaf made 7 of 12 shots and finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. As became the norm for the Bruins, Leaf was one of six players scoring in double figures.

Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points, while Thomas Welsh, Lonzo Ball and Bryce Alford each had 14, and Aaron Holiday added 13.

"What Leaf did, he basically dominated the game," Calipari said at the time. "He killed us."

Upon further review for this week's rematch, Calipari discovered a flaw in his team.

"I watched the tape and we didn't block out," Calipari said. "Hopefully, Derek Willis or Wenyen Gabriel are better rebounders than they were that game, because most of them were just shots they missed and we just stared at the ball.

"The kid (Leaf) gets 10 or 11 rebounds but never really had to fight for a ball. Our kid is watching it and he just grabs it."

Kentucky put five players in double figures that day, led by Malik Monk with 24 points. De'Aaron Fox added 20, Bam Adebayo collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, Isaiah Briscoe scored 12, and Willis had 11.

Friday'' game also has the potential to be one of the most electrifying of the tournament.

UCLA is the No. 1 scoring team in the nation at 90.2 points per game. Kentucky is No. 9 at 85.2. They are the two highest scoring teams left in the NCAA field.

"I don't know of a more fun basketball team to watch when we're clicking and we've had a lot of games where we've been clicking," Alford said.

"I think the difference is in the last seven weeks we've been better defensively. Now we can go to a different level offensively."

Calipari knows he can't let the Bruins run free.

"In the first game, we were really fast, but we were impatient," Calipari said. "They are a team that you've got to make play defense. You can't take quick, contested shots. They are really good. This is going to be a hard game."

On that much, the coaches agree.

"I think we're very well prepared for whatever is thrown at us," Alford said. "You get 31 wins at this level your guys have done a lot of good things. We'll prepare for them, do the best we can and we know we got a tall order ahead of us. We also know we're a very good basketball team."

Last Updated: 6/17/2018 11:04:36 PM EST

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