Yet they leave their third Sweet 16 under coach Steve Alford short of the Elite Eight.
"Are you watching this game?' and they said yeah", Kentucky head coach John Calipari said.
Calipari said the Wildcats cheered after those words.
This was the fourth time these powerhouses have met in the past three seasons, and UCLA upset then-No.
UCLA also topped Kentucky by five at Rupp Arena earlier this season - so motivation shouldn't be an issue for the 'Cats either. That's 23.1 percent. Had UCLA made the adjustment at some point of the course of the 40-minute game, they would've forced someone else to beat them and, outside of Malik Monk, Kentucky doesn't have someone who could carry the load.
Fox had 20 points and nine assists on December 3, but it was Ball and the Bruins who walked out of Kentucky's Rupp Arena with a 97-92 win that labeled them national championship contenders.
He points at Fox, the freshman guard who outplayed UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball with one of the best scoring nights in Kentucky's vaunted NCAA Tournament history.
Ball was held to 10 points by the Wildcats and added eight assists and three rebounds. The game was a back-and-forth thing for a half, but then Malik Monk got going and the combination of those two freshmen left UCLA - which has two vaunted freshmen in Ball and T.J. Leaf - in the dust, which is a place these sleek Bruins have never been. He averaged 14.7 points and 7.6 assists per game this season but finished his college career with a 10-point, 8-assist performance in the loss to the Wildcats.
After a back-and-forth first half, Kentucky took a 36-33 lead to the break. But that was it. Florida was 0 for 14 from beyond the arc in the second half, a lot like the 0-for-17 effort the Gators had in their first meeting with SC this season. I did it because I'm 19 years old and I'm on the biggest stage I've ever been on in my life, and you're asking me why I did that? He hit four of his first five shots, including a pair of 3s, within the first five minutes of the second. Fox scored Kentucky first eight points. That was as close as the Bruins would get as Kentucky pushed its lead to as much as 14 in the final couple minutes.
Fox has led Kentucky in scoring in the team's six postseason games and has established a new career high in two of those contests.
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Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws.
KeVaughn Allen finished with 35 points for Florida.
The fourth-seeded Gators (27-8) will play SC on Sunday in an all-Southeastern Conference regional final at Madison Square Garden. Every team feels like it has a chance to get to the Final Four after getting to the regional semifinals.
In Memphis, Joel Berry II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a victory over fourth-seeded Butler.
"We couldn't get any stops to start the second half and it felt like they were making everything", Bryce Alford said.
What put Kentucky over the top outside of Fox's ability to get any shot he wanted (and make about all of them) on Friday?
After UCLA was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament with an 86-75 loss to Kentucky in the South Regional semifinals on Friday night, Ball announced that he is making himself eligible for the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. The sophomore from Huntersville, North Carolina, knocked it down for the win with his feet on the 3-point line.
"That was my final game for UCLA".
Chrabascz led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Florida managed just three field goals over the final 3:55. The way he used pick-and-rolls, and he could get to the spot that he went to just about every time, and he didn't miss a whole lot of shots tonight, so you've got to give credit to him.