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Men's Basketball 2017-18 coverage

Kansas defeats Kentucky, 65-61

  • 8:30 p.m., Nov. 14, 2017
  • United Center, Chicago, IL
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No. 4 Jayhawks top No. 5 Wildcats in blue blood battle

College basketball’s two winningest programs squared off Tuesday night at Chicago’s United Center, and though the game footage won’t be headed to the hall of fame, blue bloods Kansas and Kentucky provided some early season drama in the nightcap of the Champions Classic. Coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks prevailed, 65-61, against John Calipari’s Wildcats in a battle of top-five teams that wasn’t decided until the final minute.

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‘Big-boy play’: KU dominates offensive boards in ‘great, grind-it-out win’

Sometime in the hours before his 2:30 a.m. snack of popcorn ended up on his beard — and Devonte’ Graham’s Snapchat story — Malik Newman was hitting a crucial shot in KU’s 65-61 win over Kentucky. Yet it was the play before that encapsulated the difference in the game. By Scott Chasen

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KU coach Bill Self confident freshman forward Billy Preston will be back but unsure of when

Shortly after his team survived a scare from seventh-ranked Kentucky despite playing basically just six guys, Kansas coach Bill Self offered a little more information into the traffic incident that kept freshman forward Billy Preston in street clothes. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Preston sits again due to off-the-court incident; Newman earns first start

For the second consecutive game, Kansas freshman Billy Preston did not suit up for the Jayhawks during Tuesday's Champions Classic clash with Kentucky at United Center. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike lifts up the Jayhawks in win over Kentucky

Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot. That’s it as far as front-court players go for Kansas unless and until athletic department administrators are satisfied that a “clearer financial picture specific to the vehicle,” freshman Billy Preston was driving in a one-car accident Saturday morning does not impair the talented freshman forward’s eligibility. By Tom Keegan

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