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2017 Schedule
31-5, 1st in SEC
Calipari previews matchup vs. UCLA (2:19)
Tournament expectations are highest for UK (1:52)
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16mMyron Medcalf

Calipari: Nothing can sour my run at Memphis

On the eve of his coaching return to the FedEx Forum, John Calipari reminisced about his years at Memphis, which were filled with success on the court and some controversy off it.

Friday's tourney teams are historically great (0:34)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari on leaving Memphis: "Kentucky is [a job] you leave for. .... It's Kentucky. It's Kentucky." Says he rejected three previous offers and said three other schools had reached out to him during his time in Memphis. He says he wanted to be at a Power 5 school.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari says he enjoyed his time in Memphis. Discussed the reception he held for some of his friends last night at a local hotel. "I understand some people were upset I left," he said. "I get it."

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John Calipari on returning to Memphis: "It was a terrific ride ... I've been back here, but this is firs time back coaching in this building."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Dominique Hawkins says the big difference between the Kentucky team that lost to UCLA in December and the team that will face the Bruins on Friday is that the Wildcats are a better defensive team. Says they were still learning at the time of the loss. More confident on that end of the floor now.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball on his father: "He's been talking like this since I was born." Says it's nothing new for him. He's "just on TV" a lot now.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball on the shooting ability of his bigs: "It helps a lot. ... Having a 5- and 4-man who can spread the floor."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball on his instincts: "Playing point guard my whole life ... I see things before they happen."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Alford says he trusts Lonzo Ball so much that sometimes he'll ask him "What do you think?" in the middle of a game. Says players like Ball "don't come around every often."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Alford says Lonzo Ball nearly 100 percent. Thumb injury suffered in the PAC-12 tournament not an issue.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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FiveThirtyEight: Kentucky will come out of South

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, Kentucky is favored to reach the Final Four from the stacked South Region. What are the Cats' chances of winning it all?

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ESPN's BPI breaks down who has the best chance to reach the elusive Final Four -- with three (fairly) clear frontrunners, including fourth-seeded Florida.

UCLA vs. Kentucky will be a fun, talented matchup (1:57)

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Kentucky signed head basketball coach John Calipari to a two-year contract extension on Wednesday. He has led the Wildcats to the most NCAA tournament wins in the country over the last eight years, including one national title.

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1dJay Bilas

Bilastrator: Adebayo dominates the interior

Bam Adebayo has 28 rebounds in two games for the Wildcats, showing the kind of dominance on defense that should give UCLA's top offense a great test.

Ball, Leaf looking forward to Kentucky game (0:30)
Why you should be excited about the Sweet 16 (1:13)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Florida boasts the best Sweet 16 winning percentage among teams still alive in the NCAA tournament and the second-best in tourney history (min. five games). Michigan and Kentucky are not far behind, meaning this list could change a lot over the weekend.

Team Stats

Points Per Game85.29th
Rebounds Per Game40.213th
Assists Per Game15.363rd
Points Allowed71.3147th

Tournament History

Final Fours17
Tournament Record123-50
Championship Seasons1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012
Tournament Appearances56