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Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington sophomore Noah Dickerson has requested his release and will explore his transfer options, sources told ESPN. 12.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey has change of heart and backs out of UMass job. "He just didn't feel like it was the right place for him," a source close to Kelsey told ESPN.

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."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Who saw this coming for the ACC? The conference had nine teams at the start of the NCAA tournament and has one in the Sweet 16. Among Tournament Challenge brackets, three ACC teams were each picked to reach the Sweet 16 on at least 45 percent of entries. Before the tournament, ESPN.com/BPI projected a 1.5 percent chance that the ACC would have at most one team in the Sweet 16.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

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."

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

Just had an enlightening conversation (mime version) with this guy courtside. He's picking Florida.

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.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

East Regional practices are wrapping up at Madison Square Garden. On the floor now are the Florida Gators.

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."

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to be sitting behind the Wisconsin bench for the Badgers Sweet 16 game against Florida Friday night at Madison Square Garden, per UW. Rodgers, who went to Cal, has become a big fan of Wisconsin during his tenure with the Packers.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

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

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Lonzo Ball here at FedExForum post-practice. Says he isn't fazed by his dad's continuous comments. Sure looks that way. So mature. Also said he will go with his dad vs. Michael Jordan in 1-on-1. "That's my dad."

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."

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Lonzo Ball on the court in Memphis.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

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