KU vs. Kentucky
When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: United Center, Chicago
Radio: WHB (810 AM)
About Kansas (1-0): The Jayhawks have won the last two meetings against Kentucky, with both coming in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. That included a 79-73 victory in Rupp Arena last year. ... Guard Devonté Graham had a career-high 12 assists in KU’s season-opening 92-56 home win against Tennessee State on Friday. Lagerald Vick also tied his career high with 23 points. ... KU is 2-4 overall in the Champions Classic, with both of its wins coming against Duke. The Jayhawks defeated the Blue Devils, 77-75, in last year’s game at Madison Square Garden in New York. ... KU is second in program wins (2,218) trailing only Kentucky (2,239). ... Coach Bill Self is 3-3 against John Calipari at KU.
About Kentucky (2-0): Kentucky was shaky in its first two games at home, winning 73-63 against Utah Valley and 73-69 against Vermont. Because of that, the Wildcats dropped from fifth in the AP poll to seventh this week. ... Kentucky leads the all-time series over KU, 22-8. The two teams are meeting for the fourth straight season. ... Coach John Calipari was previously an assistant at KU from 1982-85. He did not cross paths will Bill Self, though, who was a grad assistant at KU during the 1985-86 season. ... Kentucky has played eight players this season; six are freshmen, while the other two are sophomores. ... Ken Pomeroy’s advanced numbers have this Kentucky team as the fifth-tallest nationally according to “average height.” Only Syracuse, San Jose State, Duke and Iowa are taller. ... Kentucky doesn’t appear to be a team that will rely on outside shots, as through two games, only 20 percent of its field-goal attempts have been threes. To compare, 47 percent of KU’s shots against Tennessee State were from the perimeter.