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TIPPING OFF: Point guard battle part of Kentucky-UCLA allure

UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox have spent the season putting up big numbers and highlight-reel plays to power two blueblood programs.

Come Friday night, one of those talented freshman point guards will move their teams within a win of the Final Four, too — at the expense of the other.

The Wildcats and Bruins meet in the South Region semifinals in Memphis, Tennessee, the headliner of Friday's four-game slate in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. And part of the buzz comes from the matchup of potential one-and-done floor leaders who have already met this season.

Fox won the individual matchup with a better statistical day in December, but Ball helped...