Lonzo Ball declares for NBA Draft, could stay in LA

Fox scored a career-high 39 points as Kentucky beat UCLA 86-75 Friday night in a showdown between two of college basketball's goliaths for a spot in the South Regional final.

The Shockers are not the Bruins, but a repeat of that type of defensive effort should be enough to get Kentucky past UCLA and into the Elite Eight for the sixth time in eight years in front of what will be a very pro-Kentucky crowd.

Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox and UCLA guard Aaron Holiday chase a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 39 points for Kentucky (32-5), which will play top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday for a trip to the Final Four next weekend in Glendale, Ariz. UCLA also has three wins against Top 25 teams, while Kentucky has four wins, but Kentucky played more ranked teams in the 2016-17. Monk made four of his first five shots (including two of two from three-point range) and scoring 10 points before the first television timeout. He was named a Naismith Player of the Year finalist and averaged 14.7 points, 7.6 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game.

The UCLA-Kentucky victor faces the victor of North Carolina vs. Butler in the Elite Eight on Sunday. UCLA finished 15 points below its season average, turning the ball over 13 times after committing only nine in its first two NCAA Tournament games.

UCLA freshman forward T.J. Leaf said, "I mean, it's huge".

John Calipari has plenty of smudges on his NCAA Tournament coaching resume.

However, Fox and Monk were simply too strong down the stretch. Adebayo didn't score his first bucket until he threw down a dunk with 3:15 remaining. During that contest, UCLA won 97-92 in a back-and-forth affair.

The combined fast-break points could nearly be counted on one hand (UCLA four, United Kingdom two).

Monk followed Fox with 21 points, scoring 14 of those in the second half. If Monk weren't scoring 20a game, we'd probably be talking a lot more about Fox. Third-seeded UCLA (31-5) couldn't come close to matching that in the sequel despite shooting 52.7 percent from the field. "Today, all I did at halftime is say, 'Guys, are you watching this game?' They said, 'Yeah.' 'OK, good, then you know we're playing through De'Aaron Fox".

"In the first game, we were really fast, but we were impatient".

Fox was picking up full court on the second possession - it wasn't a full-on press, but just enough to disrupt Ball and not allow him to get comfortable. The top prospect hit four of 10 field goals for for 10 points along with eight assists and four turnovers. Adebayo leads in rebounds with 7.8 while Fox leads in assists with 4.8 and in steals with 1.4 per game.

It had the makings of a classic offense-first show, one that might replicate the teams' first meeting early in the season. Fox, who finished with 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting, more than proved his chops as one of the best prospects in the country primed to make a splash in the National Basketball Association.

Now it is on to play North Carolina, a team United Kingdom beat in December when Malik Monk had 47 points. Kentucky made 10 3-pointers to make up for the lack of scoring in the post. We'll prepare for them, do the best we can and we know we got a tall order ahead of us.

Related Articles

  • Dangerous Severe Thunderstorms, Including Tornadoes, Sweep Across the South Sunday-Monday

    The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center assigns a rating for the risk of severe weather on a scale of 1 to 5. A storm system moving through the Carolinas Friday morning will make for a wet and stormy start to the day.

    US stock indexes mostly down in afternoon trading; oil rises

    Cenovus slumped 13.7 percent as the DBRS rating agency placed the company under review for a possible credit rating downgrade. Crude oil prices for May delivery rose 1.7% to settle at $50.35 per barrel, improving on gains made on Wednesday (29 March).

    Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Apologizes for Plugging His Movie

    Asked then about his Hollywood output, Mnuchin said , "Well, I'm not allowed to promote anything that I'm involved in". Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in February that Conway had been " counseled " about her comments.
  • Roger Federer, Microsoft's Gates to play doubles for charity

    Roger Federer, Microsoft's Gates to play doubles for charity

    The victory was his fourth straight win over Nadal and extended his winning run to 11 matches. The French Open I guess, to some extent, we will see what happens, no pressure there really.
    Sindhu conquers Marin to bag maiden India Open title

    Sindhu conquers Marin to bag maiden India Open title

    However, the point that stood out in the match was probably just a fourstroke rally in the second game with Sindhu leading 15-13. I have won big tournaments early in the season. "It was a long match , I was prepared both mentally and physically".
    Real Madrid consolidate top place with win

    Real Madrid consolidate top place with win

    All three fired off target from the edge of the box as Madrid started brightly, but they had to wait 31 minutes for the opener. Madrid's victory came with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Keylor Navas and James Rodriguez all rested, while Casemiro was suspended.
  • Central bank over role in Medley leak

    Central bank over role in Medley leak

    Then in March 2016, he was reappointed to another 5-year term by the Federal Reserve Board. As a result, even the smallest rumors can potentially move financial markets.
    Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds

    Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds

    Some people feel that states should be allowed to withhold funds from abortion providers, if they choose to. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) criticized the vice-president's vote on Thursday morning.

    Israeli police kill Palestinian who stabbed three in Jerusalem

    Meanwhile, the French Foreign Ministry " condemned " the Israeli decision calling Netanyahu's move " extremely worrying ". The condition of the attacker wasn't clear, although the Times of Israel reports that he was killed.
  • Apple Drops Cylindrical Mac Pro Prices by $1000

    Apple Drops Cylindrical Mac Pro Prices by $1000

    Also speaking at the roundtable, and reported by Buzzfeed News , Schiller said: "We are completely rethinking the Mac Pro". For Apple, adding pro level iMacs to its desktop lineup is more of an inevitability than anything else.
    Sri Lanka v Bangladesh: Kusal Perera fires for hosts in T20 opener

    Sri Lanka v Bangladesh: Kusal Perera fires for hosts in T20 opener

    Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, who earlier announced this T20I series will be his last , was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers. The second and final match of the series will be held at the same ground on April 6.
    Brit Johanna Konta beats Wozniacki in Miami Open final

    Brit Johanna Konta beats Wozniacki in Miami Open final

    We can not honestly say she looked to have enjoyed this one much better either, at the time but you have to feel for Wozniacki. British 10th seed Konta used an aggressive game plan to overcome Danish 12th seed Wozniacki on the Crandon Park hardcourt.