Calipari said the Wildcats cheered after those words.
De'Aaron Fox and Kentucky are headed to the Elite Eight after topping UCLA 86-75 in the Sweet 16 Friday night.
"All I did at halftime is say 'Guys, are you watching this game?"
"So proud of him", Calipari said of Fox.
"Very hard guarding those two", Ball said of Fox and Monk.
Junior Justin Jackson, North Carolina's leading scorer, said Fox showed signs of being good when they played for the same AAU team in Texas.
The UK freshman scoring record holder had scored in double figures in each of his first 29 collegiate games, including a freshman record 47 against North Carolina, UK's Elite Eight opponent Sunday, on December 17.
Florida: The SEC only got five of its 14 teams into the NCAA Tournament, but it will have three in the final eight for the first time since 1986 (Kentucky plays in the South Regional final against North Carolina on Sunday) and at least one in the Final Four.
The Bruins were playing in their third Sweet 16 in four years. It isn't often that you get to watch such a special team with special players put on great performances on a nightly basis, but that's what we got with the 2016-2017 UCLA Bruin basketball team.
Fans lustily booed Kentucky coach John Calipari in his first game in Memphis since leaving in April 2009 for the Wildcats.
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All year, UCLA has been the most exciting team in college basketball, but after Friday night, Fox, Monk and Kentucky are the most exciting team left in the NCAA Tournament. He virtually took Ball out of the game, attacking his dribble and preventing him from getting many clean looks at the basket. Fox scored the first eight points for Kentucky and was all over the court forcing turnovers or diving to the floor to force a jump ball.
Fox took it to presumed top-two National Basketball Association draft pick Lonzo Ball all night, scoring 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting. Willis canned a 3-pointer to put Kentucky up by eight, and Holiday raced downcourt and launched a 3, without any touch by Ball. Isaac Hamilton and T.J. Leaf each scored 17 points for the Bruins.
"I think he was motivated to win because they beat us the first time, outfought us the first time", backcourt mate Malik Monk said. Not because of our scoring. Their average margin of victory in the tournament: 15.7. "15 less than their average". He finished the half with 15 as the Wildcats rallied late to gain a 36-33 edge prior to Calipari's pronouncement.
Then the second half began.
Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for UNC (30-7). What does matter is that United Kingdom was able to shake off a so-so start and maintain its lead throughout the entirety of the second half.
He finished with 21 points in the game. Florida led by 10 with 4:25 left in the regulation, but the Badgers battled back and Zak Showalter sent the game into overtime with a tying three-pointer with three seconds left. With no timeouts left, the Gators inbounded to Chiozza and the point guard stopped right the arc and dropped in the victor for Florida (27-8).
The Gators (27-8) will play SC on Sunday in an all-Southeastern Conference regional final at Madison Square Garden. With no timeouts, the Gators inbounded to Chiozza and he took care of the rest for Florida (27-8), setting off a Swamp-like celebration at Madison Square Garden.
In New York, Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points and seventh-seeded SC cruised past third-seeded Baylor, the Bears' worst NCAA Tournament loss.
DJ Dozier and Chris Silva had 12 points each and Duane Notice added 11 for the Gamecocks. Ball and Leaf scored just 8 points combined in the second half. 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.