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What Time & TV Channel Is the Kentucky vs. UCLA Game on Tonight?

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UCLA vs. Kentucky. 34 Final Four appearances, 19 national championships and over 4,000 wins between the two of them. Arguably the two most prestigious programs in college basketball history, tons of NBA prospects between them, and easily two of the most exciting teams this season.

This is going to feel an awful lot like a national championship, but it’s only the Sweet 16. Here’s everything you need to know to watch:


Kentucky vs. UCLA Viewing Info

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017
Start Time: 9:39 p.m. ET (30 minutes after the conclusion of UNC-Butler)
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: March Madness Live or CBS All Access
Spread: UCLA (-1), per OddsShark.com
Moneyline: UCLA (-116), Kentucky (-104)
Over/Under: 165
Head-to-Head History: Kentucky is 7-6; UCLA won 97-92 earlier this season


Players to Watch

You can’t really go wrong here. With the number of NBA prospects scattered throughout both rosters, you could probably just throw all the player names into a hat, pick two, and you’d come out with a couple of extremely talented players to watch.

That said, you can’t look past the point guard matchup.

Lonzo Ball is a likely top-two pick next June. He’s one of the most efficient offensive players in America (seventh in effective field-goal percentage and ninth in true-shooting percentage), he has unbelievable vision, he has historically good passing ability, and he has transformed this UCLA offense into a fast-paced, well-oiled machine.

He’ll be matched up against another likely lottery pick in De’Aaron Fox. Kentucky’s freshman point guard isn’t nearly as efficient on the offensive end, but he’s an absolute blur. Boasting electric, quick-twitch speed and athleticism, he can get to the rim at will, he can distribute and he can make opponents really uncomfortable with his defense.

When these teams met in Lexington in December, Ball had 14 points (5-of-12 shooting), seven assists, six rebounds, one steal, one block and six turnovers in the win, while Fox put up 20 points (8-of-20 shooting), nine assists, two rebounds, one steal and two turnovers.

There will be so many things to watch in this game, but you can’t go wrong keeping your eyes locked to the matchup of future NBA point guards.


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UCLA vs. Kentucky: Odds & Prediction for Sweet 16 Matchup

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Kentucky and UCLA, the two most successful programs in college basketball history in terms of national championships, meet for a spot in the Elite 8 on Friday night, and to no one’s surprise, there is little-to-nothing separating the two NBA-laden squads.

At least that’s how the oddsmakers see it. Here’s a closer look at the odds for Friday night’s highly anticipated matchup, as well as a prediction for the outcome:


UCLA vs. Kentucky Sweet 16 Odds

Spread: UCLA (-1), per OddsShark.com
Moneyline: UCLA (-116), Kentucky (-104)
Over/Under: 165
UCLA Record Against the Spread: 17-18
Kentucky Record Against the Spread: 17-17-2
Head-to-Head History: Kentucky is 7-6; UCLA won 97-92 earlier this season


Preview & Prediction

When these teams met in early December, they played at an absolute break-neck pace, combining for 166 offensive possessions and 189 points, with the Bruins prevailing, 97-92.

While games in the NCAA tournament tend to be played a little more deliberate, and with more of an emphasis on tough defense, it’s probably safe to say that the over/under of 165 is in trouble. The Bruins are 15th in the nation in adjusted tempo, per Ken Pomeroy, while the Wildcats, who typically play pretty slow under John Calipari, are 22nd. These teams love to play fast, and as we’ve already seen, they’ll be able to in this matchup.

In terms of the actual winner, there’s a reason this is considered mostly a toss-up.

UCLA has the most efficient offense in college basketball but often struggles to defend. They rank just 76th in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency, and while they improved in that regard as the season went on, they still show lapses on that end and have given up a not-very-good 1.09 points per possession in the first two games of the tourney against Kent State and Cincinnati.

Kentucky, meanwhile, doesn’t have the same kind of consistent offensive firepower, but the Wildcats are more balanced, ranking 13th nationally in offensive efficiency and eighth in defensive efficiency, per Ken Pomeroy. If there’s a place where they really struggle, it’s from the outside, where they are 171st in three-point percentage and 215th in three-pointers made per game.

It’s easy to project this one going either way, and when UCLA’s offense is clicking, it is as beautiful as it is unstoppable, but ultimately, Kentucky’s advantage both defensively and in the head-coaching department (John Calipari has 50 NCAA tournament wins and six Final Four appearances compared to Steve Alford’s 11 and zero, respectively) gives the Wildcats the slight edge.

Prediction: Kentucky 87, UCLA 85


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How Many National Championships Have UCLA & Kentucky Won?

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In terms of national championships won, Friday night’s Sweet 16 matchup between UCLA and Kentucky will be a battle of the two most successful programs in college basketball history.

The pair of bluebloods, which have seen a number of all-time great players and teams come through their campuses, have combined for 19 titles.

As they both look capable of adding another to that list, let’s take a closer look at their storied histories:


UCLA Final Four History

17 Final Fours, 11 National Championships (Doesn’t include 1980, a season in which they advanced to the national championship but was ultimately vacated)

1962: Lost in Final Four
1964: Won National Championship
1965: Won National Championship
1967: Won National Championship
1968: Won National Championship
1969: Won National Championship
1970: Won National Championship
1971: Won National Championship
1972: Won National Championship
1973: Won National Championship
1974: Lost in Final Four
1975: Won National Championship
1976: Lost in Final Four
1995: Won National Championship
2006: Lost in National Championship
2007: Lost in Final Four
2008: Lost in Final Four

UCLA, of course, owned college basketball in the 1960’s and 1970’s, when John Wooden put together a dynasty that will surely never be touched. In a span of 12 years from 1964 to 1975, the Bruins made 11 Final Four appearances, won 10 titles and went undefeated three times.

While an argument can be made for any number of those squads as the best team ever, it’s hard to beat the dominance of the 1972-73 season. The Bruins went 30-0, beat every team in the NCAA tournament by double-digits, and in the national championship game, Bill Walton tallied a ludicrous 44 points on 21-of-22 shooting to lead UCLA to a 21-point drubbing of Memphis State.

The Bruins’ last national title came in 1995, when Tyus Edney saved the team from disaster in the second round, and Ed O’Bannon and Toby Bailey combined for 56 points in the final against Arkansas.


Kentucky Final Four History

17 Final Fours, 8 National Championships

1942: Lost in Final Four
1948: Won National Championship
1949: Won National Championship
1951: Won National Championship
1958: Won National Championship
1966: Lost in National Championship
1975: Lost in National Championship
1978: Won National Championship
1984: Lost in Final Four
1993: Lost in Final Four
1996: Won National Championship
1997: Lost in National Championship
1998: Won National Championship
2011: Lost in Final Four
2012: Won National Championship
2014: Lost in National Championship
2015: Lost in Final Four

No conversation of the greatest teams in college basketball history is complete without Kentucky’s 1995-96 squad. “The Untouchables,” as they became known, had 10 future NBA players (led by Tony Delk, Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty), went 34-2, avenged an early-season loss to UMass with a win in the Final Four, and ultimately won its six NCAA tournament games by an average of 21 points.

One squad since then replicated that dominance and finished it with a national championship: Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Co. went 38-2 during the 2011-12 campaign, winning every game in the NCAA tourney by at least eight points.


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