Kansas and Kentucky meet up in Indianapolis for an early season clash of blue-bloods in the annual Champions Classic.
Kansas enters the contest with a ranking of #7 by the AP, while Kentucky comes in at #20. KenPom has the Jayhawks at #5 and the generic Wildcats at #21. The preseason conference media poll picked Kentucky to finish 2nd in the 14-team SEC this year.
The Jayhawks and Wildcats have met 32 times previously, with Kentucky having a commanding 23-9 lead. The most recent meeting was a 71-63 Kentucky win in January of 2019 in Rupp Arena, which broke a streak of 3-straight Kansas wins.
The Jayhawks are coming off a neutral court victory over St. Joe’s, while Kentucky is coming off a home loss to Richmond (true story) in Rupp.
Here are the essentials:
(7) Kansas: 1-1, 0-0 Big 12
(20) Kentucky: 1-1, 0-0 SEC
Line: Kansas -4.5
How to Watch
Tuesday, Dec 1, 8:30 p.m. CST
Indianapolis, IN: Bankers Life Fieldhouse (17,923)
- Dan Shulman (Play-by-Play), Dick Vitale (Analyst), Holly Rowe (Sideline)
Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network
- Brian Hanni (Play-by-Play), Greg Gurley (Analyst)
Online Streaming: www.espn.com or the ESPN app (requires cable provider login or ESPN+ subscription)
Kentucky and Kansas are 1-2 all-time in wins, at 2,319 (UK) to 2,303 (KU).
This week, Kansas set a record for consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Top-25 with 222. Kansas also owns the same streak in the coaches poll at 229.
Kansas is 4-5 so far in the Champions Classic event, having won 3 of their last 4 matchups in this event.