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NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

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Media praises Kentucky for huge win over Kansas
And while Kansas showed plenty of tough defense — the Wildcats didn't top 1 point per possession until making free throws down the stretch — there was just too much Kentucky in the second half, with the Wildcats overcoming a double-digit first-half deficit to win 71-63. The Wildcats did so by exerting their dominance inside and on the glass, grabbing 49 rebounds to Kansas' 36 and holding Kansas center Dedric Lawson to few easy looks. Lawson finished with a 20-point, 15-rebound night, sure, but he took 18 shots to get those 20 points. And with Lagerald Vick scoring four points through the game's first 38 minutes, Kentucky put itself into position to win.

Kentucky takes advantage of frontcourt mismatch
With one of his frontcourt players out for the season with a hand injury and the other ruled ineligible, Kansas coach Bill Self said his frontcourt was “light in the butt.” Junior star Dedric Lawson had the unenviable task of facing four Kentucky big men.

Quick recap: Kansas falls to Kentucky in SEC/Big 12 Challenge | KUsports.com
No. 9 Kansas and No. 8 Kentucky traded punches during a gritty, slugfest in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge Saturday afternoon. In the end, though, the Wildcats delivered the decisive blows in the second half to secure a 71-63 victory over the Jayhawks in Rupp Arena.

Benton Smith: No. 9 Jayhawks can put marquee loss behind them | KUsports.com
No. 9-ranked Kansas played against one of the nation’s other most powerful programs, No. 8 Kentucky, inside one of college basketball’s most recognizable venues, Rupp Arena.

Why Marcus Garrett’s off game was a big deal in loss to Kentucky
Kentucky big man Nick Richards was behind Lawson, but that wasn’t the issue. Instead, the trouble came from P.J. Washington, who remained in the lane to provide a de facto double-team inside.

Kentucky trips Kansas 71-63 in SEC/Big 12 Challenge game at Rupp Arena
“Wonderful atmosphere,” Lawson, Kansas’ 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior forward said Saturday after scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the No. 9-ranked Jayhawks’ 71-63 loss to the No. 8-rated Wildcats in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Lexington, Ky., mayor trolls KU hoops with ‘Beat Kansas Day’ proclamation
The college basketball bluebloods meet Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, and ahead of the game, Lexington, Ky., Mayor Linda Gorton proclaimed Saturday to be “Beat Kansas Day” in the city.

'We can't fret about this': Self ready to move on from UK loss
The Iowa State lost left Self a little more exasperated, it seemed. Self had a long talk with his team after the game, and he came in to the post-game press conference and told the media he was looking for someone to step up as a leader.

Familiar foes: Dedric Lawson, PJ Washington star in KU-UK clash
Kansas’ trip to Lexington to face off against fellow blue blood Kentucky ended up being a game the Jayhawks would like to forget. KU led at halftime and in doing so dominated defensively. But an offensive surge from Kentucky in the second half vaulted the Wildcats ahead and the Jayhawks just couldn’t keep up, falling 71-63.

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Steph Curry says Golden State Warriors 'know we can still be better' after 10th straight win
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Last Ditch Attempt to Revive Dormant Mars Rover Opportunity | Digital Trends
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