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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kansas hoops matchup with UK revealed

Kansas coach Bill Self answers a question near his Associated Press Coach of the Year trophy at a news conference at the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Kansas coach Bill Self answers a question near his Associated Press Coach of the Year trophy at a news conference at the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Kentucky and Kansas University, the two winningest programs in college basketball history with 2,205 and 2,186 victories respectively, will meet for the second straight season in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the two conferences announced Tuesday.

KU, which clipped the Wildcats, 90-84 in overtime last Jan. 30 in Allen Fieldhouse, will travel Jan. 28 to Rupp Arena in Lexington. KU is 1-4 all-time in Rupp, 1-7 overall in Lexington. The Jayhawks prevailed in their last trip, 65-59, on Jan. 9, 2005. Overall in the series, which Kentucky leads 22-7, KU has won four of the last seven meetings.

“It’s a great venue with terrific players playing in it,’’ KU coach Bill Self said on ESPN.com. “Our guys will look forward to the Challenge.”

This marks the fourth season of the Challenge and second season all games will be played on the same day. Last year, the Big 12 went 7-3. Overall, the Big 12 is 20-10 in the event. The games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU with game times to be revealed at a later date. ESPN’s College GameDay will originate from a site of one of the day’s games.

The other nine games in the Challenge are: Baylor at Mississippi, Iowa State at Vanderbilt, Kansas State at Tennessee, Florida at Oklahoma, Arkansas at Oklahoma State, Auburn at TCU, Texas at Georgia, LSU at Texas Tech and Texas A&M; at West Virginia. KU is ranked No. 4 and Kentucky No. 3 in ESPN’s current top 25. West Virginia is 15, Oklahoma 18, A&M; 19 and Iowa State 22.

Diallo solidly in first round: Former KU forward Cheick Diallo worked out with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and according to Zagsblog.com sources, “impressed” the franchise. The Hawks have the No. 21 pick of the June 23 draft. Diallo has signed with agent Bill Duffy.

The Los Angeles Times’ current mock draft has Diallo as Indiana’s choice at No. 20 overall. “Though he’s only 19, Diallo has the ability to be a good defender and rebounder,” the Times’ Broderick Turner wrote this week.

CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish has Diallo being selected at No. 23 by Boston. “Diallo measured and tested well at the combine — then played well in the five-on-five games. He was active. He rebounded. He guarded. Bottom line, the 6-9 forward genuinely helped himself by reminding scouts why he was once a projected lottery pick. And now it looks like that subpar season at Kansas won’t cost Diallo too much money,” Parrish wrote.

Preston update: Billy Preston, a 6-9 junior power forward from Dallas Advanced Prep who is ranked No. 6 in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, recently announced a final four of KU, Arizona, Maryland and USC. However, he tells Rivals.com he may add Kentucky, Texas, Arizona State and Oregon to his list.

Comments

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 3 years, 1 month ago

so prestons final 4 are the ones recruiting him and he has a wishlist of a different 4. let that guy go.

Robert Brock 3 years, 1 month ago

The Hawks won't get Preston if Carleton is returning - and I think he is.

Doug Cramer 3 years, 1 month ago

Gonna be awesome beating Kentucky on their home floor. I'm going to try to go, but need to up my life insurance first.

Michael Mulvihill 3 years, 1 month ago

and next year we play them in the champions classic?

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, Robert but Preston is in the 2017 class, so Carlton's returning this year is no factor. If you are referring to Carlton coming back after his sophomore season, I will predict that it is wishful, though highly desirable, thinking.

Jay Scott 3 years, 1 month ago

Disgusting news that KU fired Andrea Quenette.

Not much better than M'Zoo at the administrative level.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 1 month ago

Under Gray-Little the National achademic ranking for Kansas has going only down...and down. She pandered to the campus craziness this past year. The Board of Regents should replace here.

Jay Scott 3 years, 1 month ago

As long as all the leftist America hating recent grads of liberal arts programs can immediately replace the financial giving of successful conservative leaning business, architecture, engineering etc grads there won't be a problem......right?

Mick Allen 3 years, 1 month ago

Jay, what positions do those liberal arts grads play? Sorry thought this was a basketball article not a platform for one's political leanings.

Jay Scott 3 years, 1 month ago

This is the Jayhawks page and not the Celtics page. It is a university after all.

Wouldn't it be nice if nearly everything universities did WASN'T political?

Mick Allen 3 years, 1 month ago

Has basketball recruiting become political? I missed that I guess.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 1 month ago

Mick, KU's achademic standing is crucial to the inevitable NCAA realignment, especially if we want the BIG 10 or PAC 12 to be options.

AAU Status must be retained.. www.aau.edu/about/default.aspx?id=402... our ranking must improve. Little-Grey has proven she is not the person to lead us in that direction.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 1 month ago

Marcus Lee has announced he is transferring from Kentucky and apparently KU is one of the schools that has already reached out to him.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 1 month ago

A school like Kanas going after Lee may not pay any dividends. Lee will be ineligible for a year. During that year, I suspect Lee will work closely with Hudy to improve himself physically. I suspect Lee will then enter the 2017 draft, never playing for KU.

Jay Scott 3 years, 1 month ago

Interesting theory. Why not just play D league or Euroball then?

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 1 month ago

Lee has no offensive game and is a subpar rebounder for being 6-10. He's going to have to prove he can do at least one of those things before the NBA will give him a serious look. There is absolutely zero chance Lee enters the 2017 draft right now.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 1 month ago

Of course there is zero chance right now. It's still a year away.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 1 month ago

NOT breaking news:

Billy Preston, ranked No. 6 in the Class of 2017 announced a final four of KU, Arizona, Maryland and USC. However he may add Kentucky, Texas, Arizona State and Oregon...

Mick Allen 3 years, 1 month ago

Billy Preston. "Will he go 'round in circles"?

Jay Scott 3 years, 1 month ago

Joe Ross beat that one to death already....

That meanie Matt Tait told Joe he was wrong. Joe seems to have gone into a corner to sulk....

Mick Allen 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm aware Jay. Trying to make it even more relevant with Billy's interest list going from 4 teams to 8. Pardon the redundancy Jay. As usual you're just all over it.

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