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Kentucky has reached the Sweet 16 in seven of nine seasons under John Calipari, the most by any school in that span according to ESPN Stats and info. I know Kentucky fans expect that to happen all the time. Being a consistent winner is really hard and special.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nearing the end of a memorable four years at Duke, Grayson Allen said he would do it all over again.


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on the amateurism model, continuing the call for change: "It's not my model... We do what the [NCAA leaders] tell us to do. The model needs to be changed, especially in regards to what a kid and his family can do before they come to your institution -- because the school and the coaches have no control over that." Krzyzewski says young players deserve an opportunity to "max out, like everyone else in our country, what talent will give you."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Self says Udoka Azubuike will start Friday against Clemson and appears "fine." The coach says his center practiced at full speed on Tuesday after playing a limited role off the bench in Kansas' first two NCAA tournament wins. Azubuike did not play in the Big 12 tournament, March 8 to 11, because of a knee injury.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Nevada has a 56% chance to beat Loyola-Chicago tonight.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado State is expected to hire Drake's Niko Medved as its next head coach, sources told ESPN.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

High praise from Bill Self for Devonte' Graham. The Kansas coach says his senior possesses more "intangibles" and leadership qualities than any player Self has coached. "It's every coach's dream to have someone who's an extension of you."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham on Kansas State's appearance in the Sweet 16. The Jayhawks' Sunflower State rival faces Kentucky tonight in Atlanta: "I'm definitely going to watch the game. Probably root for them... It's kind of like a [Big 12] brotherhood at the end of the day."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson's biggest big man, junior Elijah Thomas, is listed at 6-9 and 237 pounds. His take on defending Kansas' 7-foot, 280-pound Nigerian center Udoka Azubuike: "I'm from Texas."


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson senior Donte Grantham, who suffered a season ending knee injury against Notre Dame in January, on the Tigers' run to the Sweet 16 without his contributions on the court: "It's hard. It's one of the hardest things that I've been through... Just us dreaming about being here, it was tough. [But] you can't take something back that already happened. I'm always going to be here for the team."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson's Brad Brownell on the strength of the ACC, which placed three of the four Sweet 16 teams in the Midwest regional. The Tigers will play Kansas on Friday for the right to play Duke or Syracuse.