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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.


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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.

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: