Lonzo Ball says he's one and done at UCLA, headed to NBA

Madison Square Garden in New York. Florida will play Wisconsin on Friday in the East Regional semifinal of the NCAA college basketball tournament

Another day, another member of college basketball's royal family to face.

Bryce Alford received the ball a few seconds later and hoisted up the final shot of his college career, the final shot that this year's Bruins would ever take.

"There is a reason he is who he is, and the hype he has around him", UCLA guard Bryce Alford said after Friday's loss to the Wildcats.

By the end of the night, UCLA knew it couldn't stop De'Aaron Fox, and the Kentucky point guard wasn't about to take mercy on the Bruins.

Fox has led Kentucky in scoring in the team's six postseason games and has established a new career high in two of those contests. But relying on freshmen talent is part of Kentucky's blueprint, and coach John Calipari has another team filled with National Basketball Association prospects.

Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox drives against UCLA guard Aaron Holiday in the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

Before the game, Calipari offered encouraging words for Monk and reassurance for any nervous United Kingdom fans. "I said; 'Ok good". "The rest of you, take a back seat". "I mean, playing on this stage, there's going to be a lot of people there", he said. The NCAA's winningest program will play another of basketball's titans Sunday in top-seeded North Carolina with a trip to yet another Final Four on the line.

The Bruins were playing in their third Sweet 16 in four years. Bruin coach Steve Alford had a good view as the senior drilled one in from the hash mark right in front of the UCLA bench.

"Are you watching this game?' and they said yeah", Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. Calipari's latest crop of talented freshmen put Kentucky into a regional final for the sixth time in seven years.

This was the fourth time these powerhouses have met in the past three seasons, and UCLA upset then-No.




Fox was also seeking revenge for the team's earlier-season 97-92 loss to UCLA at Rupp Arena, one of Kentucky's five losses during the regular season.

Basically, LaVar finds it laughable that anyone would think Fox is a better player than his boy. That wasn't a problem with Kentucky fans making the FedExForum as comfortable as Lexington.

He outplayed Ball, who finished with 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting before announcing he had played his final game for UCLA.

They gave up a pocket of points to freshman forward T. J. Leaf in the first half but made him disappear in the second half when he scored only four of his 17 points.

As Ball floundered his way to a double-single (10 points, three rebounds and eight assists), Kentucky's freshman guards torched UCLA.

Sure, we know that the Tar Heels are good, even bordering on great, but we also know that Fox is great. The Wildcats had beaten the Tigers three times that season, but two wins were just by two and three points, respectively. Not because of our scoring. "15 less than their average". "15 less than their average".

This was part of the coach's speech at halftime, when the Wildcats led the Bruins, 36-33. "Play off him, but everything we're doing is through him the whole half'". It was an encouraging sign for Kentucky to win without getting much offense from Adebayo. The Bruins got to within 63-58 with 8:01 to go. He struggled to catch the ball at times as UCLA harassed him with weak-side help anytime the ball went into the post.

Gone, also, the heart of a team that had shown so much heart in a 31-win season before being simply outfought by the tougher Wildcats. Adebayo didn't score his first bucket until he threw down a dunk with 3:15 remaining.

Dan Issel's 44 points against Notre Dame in the 1970 Sweet 16 still reigns supreme in Kentucky's record books.

It left OR as the only 3 seed and Florida as the lone 4. If the lottery ball odds fall the way in which the teams finish, the Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers will pick the first five. The former IN star ticked off how both sons have graduated from UCLA, he has the No. 2 recruiting class coming IN and a new practice facility opening soon. "I said; 'Ok good".

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