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Kentucky faces UCLA: One of them is still a first-class program

Kentucky faces UCLA: One of them is still a first-class program

It's UCLA versus Kentucky at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night, a matchup of college basketball blue bloods, the most decorated programs in the history of the sport.

But while Kentucky's blue is deep and rich, UCLA's is a lighter, some might even say faded, hue.

UCLA has won a record 11 NCAA championships — 10 in the 1960s and '70s under the guidance of John Wooden. Kentucky is second with eight titles — three since UCLA won its last in 1995. In the last five years, the Wildcats have been to four Final Fours, UCLA none.

This season, UCLA is off to another fitful start with a 4-3 record. Kentucky is 7-0 and ranked first in every major poll.

And the...

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