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.
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
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
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
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