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Wildcats' Bam Adebayo puts one back with ease

It's showtime: The No. 11 Bruins bring their freewheeling offense to Rupp Arena, where Kentucky's forces of nature await.

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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.

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Virginia rallies to beat Ohio State (1:07)
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Will Arizona find an identity in its matchup with Gonzaga? (1:33)
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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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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

I think Steve Alford has to be confident knowing he's up 4 at halftime on the road against the No. 1 team and his star PG hasn't played well.

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

UCLA up 49-45 on Kentucky at half. Will I see that many points in the game between Virginia and West Virginia?

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Most NBA guys have De'Aaron Fox listed fourth or even fifth on board of top point guards. Fox has been sensational thus far -- and it'll be interesting to see if he moves up in eyes of executives. Right now most agree top 3 are some combo of Markelle Fultz (Washington), Dennis Smith (NC State) and Lonzo Ball (UCLA). French point guard Frank Ntilikina also in mix for possible lottery pick.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Aaron Holiday started every game last season and has come off bench this season with addition of Lonzo Ball. He's been UCLA's best player in first half - and has thrived in new role. Told me last week he doesn't care about coming off bench, just wants to do what's best for the team.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA's TJ Leaf entered this game shooting 73 percent inside the arc. He has seven rebounds and two assists to go along with his six points (3-for-4). Was overlooked with the Lonzo Ball-De'Aaron Fox buzz. Could end the night as the most significant player on the court for the Bruins.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Lonzo Ball hasn't made a shot, has turned it over 4 times already and hasn't guarded anyone. But UCLA only down 3 with 7:33 left in first half.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to his offensive gifts (which are considerable, and already readily evident), Lonzo Ball has the tools to be a really, really good defender ... one day. Today? It's a bit of a mess.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Malik Monk is a great defensive presence for Kentucky right now. Doing a great job of playing the passing lanes. On the turnover he just forced, he didn't even see the pass but he had his hands up and deflected it. So active. All from a guy who admits he didn't play a lot of defense in high school because he didn't have to.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

It's wild at Rupp Arena right now with the UCLA-Kentucky tipoff a few minutes away.

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Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Just arrived at Virginia in time to watch UCLA-Kentucky before tipoff here against West Virginia. Then I'll drive home to college football in the radio. Not a bad way to spend the day.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Six of the top-14 prospects in the 2016 class in starting lineups for UCLA and Kentucky. Also have the two top recruiting classes in 2017.

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No. 9 Baylor hosts No. 7 Xavier this afternoon on ESPN2. Baylor is 0-6 in AP Top-10 matchups, a loss shy of the worst winless record all time.

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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.

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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.