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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

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Setting up the Shaq statue unveiling ceremony at Staples Center:

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Jessica Shobar ESPN Producer 

Shaq town is almost ready for the unveiling of Shaquille O'Neal's statue.

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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

The court before the madness starts here in Memphis.

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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.

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Shaq being honored

Stephen A. starts the show talking about Shaquille O’Neal being honored tonight in LA but how it might be overshadowed because the Lakers stink and everyone’s focus is on UCLA

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Remembering Shaq's greatest Lakers moments (2:27)
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Johnson loses control, forced to backup car

Jimmie Johnson spun through the grass near the pit-road entrance during the first practice session at Auto Club Speedway and will need to use a backup car for the race at the two-mile track.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Brandon Ingram (right patellar tendinitis) was a full participant in Lakers practice today after leaving yesterday's practice early. He is probable to play tonight vs. Minnesota.

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Shaquille O'Neal is having his statue unveiled at Staples Center today. He won three straight Finals MVP awards with the Los Angeles Lakers, one of two players in NBA history to win the award in three consecutive seasons (Michael Jordan). O'Neal ranks in the top 10 in Lakers history in points, rebounds and blocks despite ranking 20th in games played.

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Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov leads the NHL in goals (11) and points (18) this month. Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Kane are tied for second in March with 16 points each while Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid are tied for fourth with 15 points a piece.

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Brian Windhorst ESPN Senior Writer 

The Shaq statue has been affixed to Staples Center and they're getting ready for a big party tonight.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

In honor of Shaq's new statue, the Lakers will wear special Stance on-court socks honoring The Big Diesel in tonight's game vs. Minnesota.

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Ireland on Shaq's night at Staples

John Ireland joins the Morning Show to talk about Shaquille O'Neal's turbulent relationship with the Lakers, his statue unveiling and relationship with Kobe Bryant. Ireland also previews tonight's UCLA's match up.

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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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The Lakers have the worst record in the NBA since the All-Star break, and their defense has been just as atrocious. They are giving up over 118 points per game and are being outscored by an average of 13.2 points, both worst in the league.

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