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All you need to know about the season's first titanic weekend

Top-ranked Kentucky hasn't seen anything like UCLA's electric guard Lonzo Ball. And the Bruins have never played at Rupp Arena. With three other top-25 matchups, this weekend should be telling.

Key tries to destroy the rim with vicious hammer dunk (0:16)
Jones hits McSwain with the half-court alley-oop for Indiana (0:16)
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Bracketology: The quick rise of Baylor basketball

Remember way, way back on Nov. 3 -- a whole four weeks ago -- when Baylor debuted as a No. 8 seed? Well, things have changed -- in a hurry. The Bears have made a big move.

Duquesne fans storm court after upsetting Pitt (0:38)
South Carolina taking statement lead with alley-oop (0:11)
Louisville holds off Purdue (0:56)
Virginia rallies to beat Ohio State (1:07)
Allen says Duke's defense started Duke's offense (0:53)
Villanova cruises to seventh win of season (0:48)
Jackson does it all in Kansas' win over LBSU (0:40)
Will Arizona find an identity in its matchup with Gonzaga? (1:33)
Don't let these ACC-Big Ten Challenge games fly under your radar (1:41)
Assist of the year candidate leads to awesome reverse dunk (0:23)
Fan aggressively screams at opponent during free throws (0:26)
NJIT's Ukawuba throws down epic slam on Purdue defender (0:49)
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Ray Smith's career ended before it started

Arizona's Ray Smith, once a top-30 prospect, retired a few weeks ago. He's only 19. But after a third ACL injury, he opted to walk away and start the next part of his life. And he's OK with that.

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Bracketology: Villanova becomes No. 1 overall

Sure, it's early - very early - but any time you're the No. 1 overall seed, it's cause for celebration. Right now, it's good to be defending champion Villanova.

Louisville flying-high with Spalding's big alley-oop dunk (0:47)
Malik Monk dunks it with authority on back-to-back possessions (0:31)


ESPN Stats and Information  

UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball is averaging 9.6 assists per game. Only one player has lead the nation in assists as a freshman (T.J. Ford for Texas in 2001-02). The Division I record for assists per game in a season by a freshman is 8.7 by Omar Cook in 2000-01.

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UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball enters Saturday's game with Kentucky averaging 14.6 points and a Division I-best 9.6 assists per game. He leads Division I in assists in transition and in half court. His 309 points accounted for rank 2nd in Division I behind Central Michigan's Marcus Keene (340).

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Duquesne's men's basketball team records its first win vs Pittsburgh since 2000. The Dukes had lost their previous 15 meetings with Pittsburgh by an average of 16.1 points per game.

Indiana connects on half-court alley-oop

Curtis Jones tosses the lob from just beyond half-court and Freddie McSwain Jr. finishes with the two-handed slam as the No. 13 Hoosiers routed SIU Edwardsville.


Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Just finished watching a Virginia practice. No surprise, what with Press Virginia here tomorrow, Cavaliers spent a lot of time on press break offense.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's John Calipari on the precautionary measures he took this week when a few members of his program got sick: