It was a wild and taxing week for the Kansas men’s basketball team, which lost for just the second time all season and endured a string of off-the-court news that threatened to steal the team’s focus. By Matt Tait
World-famous ring announcer Michael Buffer found the stage so big he even tweaked his trademarked slogan and said, “Let’s get ready for roundbaaaaaaall!” And 24,418 basketball-crazed spectators, most anticipating a slaughter that would send them home from Rupp Arena in a euphoric state, let out a roar. By Tom Keegan
The games-played experience factor in the starting lineups favored Kansas, 426-132, and the second-ranked Jayhawks used every bit of wisdom at their disposal to knock off No. 4 Kentucky, 79-73, in the featured game of the fourth annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge Saturday night at Rupp Arena. By Matt Tait
Two of college basketball’s marquee programs gave a national audience a show worthy of the hype Saturday night at Rupp Arena, where a short-handed yet invigorated Kansas team recovered from its first-half issues to win 79-73 at Kentucky.
Moments after the final buzzer, the Kansas bench erupted, and players on the court made a beeline to their bench to celebrate. Finally, for the first time this season, it was the Jayhawks celebrating a win in the Big 12 conference. By Evan Riggs