When: 7pm central, Saturday
Where is it: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky.
Radio: WHB (810) in Kansas City; KFH (1240 AM, 97.5 FM) in Wichita
About 9 Kansas (16-4, 5-3):
Kentucky leads the all-time series 24-10. KU is 2-8 against Kentucky in Lexington, with Jayhawk’s wins coming in 2005 and 2017 at Rupp Arena. … Kentucky won their last meeting 80-62 on Jan. 29, 2022, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Allen Fieldhouse. … Kansas has won four of their last six meetings, including their last two games of the Champions Classic (65-62 in 2020 in Indianapolis and 65-61 in 2017 in Chicago). … Prior to this stretch, Kentucky had won three straight against KU. … Bill Self is 7-5 against Kentucky as a KU coach. …
The Big 12 lead the SEC 4-3-2 in the nine-year contest. The Big 12, which is 48-41 in individual play against the SEC in the Challenge, won in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. … The SEC has won the Challenge the past two seasons, going 6-4 a year ago and 5 -4 in 2020-21 (one match canceled due to COVID). The leagues split 10 games, 5-5, in 2019-20. … KU is 5-4 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. KU is 2-2 against Kentucky (1-1 at Allen; 1-1 at Rupp), 1-1 against Florida, 1-1 against Tennessee and 1-0 against Texas A&M. … KU is 4-1 at home and 1-3 away in the Challenge. …
KU is 109-18 after a loss in the 20-year Self era. As of 2012-13, KU is 56-9 following a loss. … Kansas shot a perfect 16-of-16 from the free throw line in Monday’s loss to Baylor. This marks the third game this season KU has shot 100% from the line. … The Jayhawks have not had three games in a single season with a perfect free throw percentage since at least the 1996-97 season. …
Jalen Wilson has 91 points in his last three games, the second most by a KU player in a three-game span in the Self era. Andrew Wiggins scored 93 points in three games during the 2013-14 season. Wiggins scored 112 points in four games that season. Wilson needs 22 points to pass Wiggins as the leading scorer in a four-game span in the Self era. … KU went on a three-game losing streak; their last four-game losing streak was in the 1988-89 season.
About Kentucky (14-6, 5-3 SEC):
Kentucky, the second winningest program of all time behind KU, has an all-time record of 2,367-742. Kansas has a record of 2,373-881. … UK has a 5-3 record in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, not playing for a year due to COVID. Kentucky is 2-2 vs. Kansas, 1-0 vs. Texas, 1-0 vs. Texas Tech, 1-0 vs. West Virginia, 0-1 vs. Baylor. John Calipari is 5-4 against KU as head coach of Kentucky. …
The Wildcats, currently unranked, have won four straight and six of their last eight games. … Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 69-53 Tuesday night at Vanderbilt. Guard Antonio Reeves scored 16 points off the bench. Forward Oscar Tshiebwe had 15 points and 13 rebounds and forward Jacob Toppin added 12 points. Guards Cason Wallace and CJ Fredrick each had 10 points. …
Tshiebwe’s 37-point, 24-rebound effort in an 85-71 win against Georgia on January 17 in Lexington was the first 35-point, 20-rebound game for a Wildcat since Mike Phillips had 35 points, 20 rebounds against LSU on February 2, 1976. Tshiebwe joins Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), Brice Johnson (North Carolina) and Kevin Durant (Texas) as the only Division I players since the 1996-97 season to score at least 37 points and grab 23 rebounds in a game. …
Three of the five UK starters are transferred: Tshiebwe from West Virginia, Toppin from Rhode Island and Fredrick from Iowa. Book Sahvir Wheeler is a transfer from Georgia. Reeves is from the state of Illinois. …Kentucky owns a 68-47 (59.1%) record against top 25 AP teams under Calipari. UK is 7-5 when both teams are ranked in the top five AP.