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With UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina, South Regional has a case of the blues

They turned the Las Vegas Strip into a blue blob for one chilly night three months ago, fans from UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina commingling in jerseys and T-shirts bearing the famous hues of their schools.

The banter was friendly and the jabs mostly good-natured, the powerhouse teams having gathered along with Ohio State in the same city for the CBS Sports Classic, a high-profile but relatively low-stakes one-day event.

UCLA defeated the Buckeyes with ease in the first game. Then Kentucky’s Malik Monk became a showstopping solo act, the freshman guard scoring 47 points and making a late three-pointer that edged North Carolina during a wild 103-100 victory on Dec.