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POSTGAME NOTES: Kentucky Fared Better Than Expected Against Kansas In 65-61 Setback Tuesday Night


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UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY vs. KANSAS

UNITED CENTER | CHICAGO

NOV. 14, 2017 ATTENDANCE: 21,684

Final Score: #4/3 Kansas 65, #7/4 Kentucky 61


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 2-1. Kansas is 2-0

  • Kentucky leads the overall series 22-10

  • UK leads 8-2 at neutral sites

  • Kansas leads 2-1 in Chicago

  • Kansas has won three in a row in the series

  • Kentucky is now 4-3 in Champions Classic games. That’s tied with Duke for the best mark in the event’s seven-year history

  • Next for the Wildcats: UK returns to Rupp Arena Friday to play ETSU at 7 p.m. on SEC Network

In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the second time this season, and the second time in a row

  • Kansas did not trail after taking the lead from the first possession, and had its largest lead – of 11 points, 18-7 – at the 14:08 mark

  • Kentucky scored five in a row between the 7:10 and 6:17 marks, capped by a long 2-pointer by Wenyen Gabriel to tie the game at 28-28

  • Kentucky took its first lead of the game, 33-32, when Gabriel hit a free throw at the 2:14 mark

  • Kansas regained the lead on a Malik Newman layup with two minutes to play and the halftime score was 34-33

  • Kansas outrebounded Kentucky 24-13 in the first half, and had a 15-1 advantage on the offensive glass

In the Second Half

  • The lead changed 10 times, and the score was tied five times

  • Kentucky’s last lead was at 57-55 with 3:38 to play

  • Kentucky won the rebounding battle 26-15 to finish the game tied in total rebounds 39-39

  • Kansas had a 10-1 advantage in steals in the second half

Team Notes

  • UK has had at least three players with three or more assists in all three games this season

  • Kentucky scored a season-low 61 points – UK had scored 73 in each of the previous two games

  • Kentucky committed a season-high 18 turnovers

  • Kentucky grabbed a season-high 39 rebounds

Player Notes

  • Kevin Knox (pictured) had a career-high 20 points. He’s scored in double figures in all three games this season.

  • He grabbed seven rebounds, had two steals and a block

  • He made a career-high three 3-pointers

  • Knox is the fourth Kentucky freshman to score at least 20 points in a Champions Classic game (Alex Poythress vs. Duke, Nov. 13, 2012; Julius Randle vs. Michigan State, Nov. 12, 2013; Malik Monk vs. Michigan State, Nov. 15, 2016)

  • Hamidou Diallo had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists

  • He’s scored in double figures in all three games

  • Sacha Killeya-Jones played a career-high 30 minutes

  • He notched career highs in rebounds (nine) and blocks (three)

  • He scored a season-high eight points

  • PJ Washington blocked four shots, a career high

  • Nick Richards grabbed nine rebounds

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics



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