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How to Watch: Kansas vs Kentucky

The Jayhawks will try to even their record in the Champions Classic.

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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.

Click here for a more in-depth look at Kentucky.

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:

The Numbers

(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: or the ESPN app (requires cable provider login or ESPN+ subscription)

Fun Facts

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.