Game 18: #1 Kentucky 72 #5 Kansas 40

18 Nov

The nightcap of the Champion’s Classic turned out to be the ultimate mismatch of top 5 teams as top-ranked Kentucky dominated Kansas in every facet of the game winning 72-40.

Kentucky held Kansas to 19.6% shooting from the field,had as many blocked shots, 11 as Kansas had field goals and held the Jayhawks to just 12 2nd half points.

With coach John Calipari employing a platoon system of two 5-man units to ensure his loaded roster gets enough minutes only Andrew Harrison (11) and Dakari Johnson (10) were the only two of the 12 Wildcats to dent the score sheet to reach double figures.

The Jayhawks who will be a good team when all is said and done were completely overmatched in this one.  A lot of their shooting woes stemmed from Kentucky’s length at the rim but Wayne Selden was the team’s leading scorer with nine on 4-12 shooting.  Freshman Cliff Alexander was the other lone bright spot for Kansas with eight points and eight rebounds.

Kansas is ranked #5 in the country for a reason, they are a good basketball team.  But after trailing #1 Kentucky 35-17, they ended the first half on an 11-3 run just to close to within 10 at 38-28 despite shooting just 24% from the field.  After watching the Kentucky freshmen dominate most of the half especially on the interior, Kansas’ newcomers Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Cliff Alexander scored the Jayhawks final eight points of the half.

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