NCAAB Results: Kansas Jayhawks Take Down Kentucky Wildcats


Nov 15, 2023

As the second week of the 2023-24 college basketball season gets into full swing, the Champions Classic showcased a clash of titans in Chicago. This annual event always brings together four of the sport’s premier programs for some early-season fireworks. Last night, the spotlight was on a blue-blood battle between Kansas and Kentucky, marking an unofficial kickoff to this year’s college basketball festivities.

In a thrilling comeback, Kansas overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half to triumph over Kentucky with a final score of 89-84. Despite being a 6.5-point underdog, Kentucky managed to cover the spread. This game wasn’t just a win for Kansas; it was a testament to their potent offense, which has consistently delivered 99 points in their first two games. Against Kentucky, they nearly matched this average, contributing to a total that soared over the pregame over/under of 147.5.

The star of the night was undoubtedly Hunter Dickinson, who transferred from Ann Arbor to Lawrence this off-season. Touted as the most sought-after transfer in the portal, Dickinson proved his worth for Bill Self’s Jayhawks, dominating with 27 points and 21 rebounds against Kentucky.

On the other hand, Kentucky’s young team showed signs of potential despite the loss. Freshman phenom D.J. Wagner, hailing from Camden, New Jersey, had a rough start, shooting only 1 for 12 from the field. Despite his struggles, there’s a palpable excitement about what Wagner can bring to Big Blue Nation as the season progresses.

These early-season matchups serve as crucial benchmarks for teams to gauge their progress. Kentucky’s coach, John Calipari, now has a clearer picture of his team’s standing and what needs to be refined. As Kentucky matures and adapts, they are a team to watch, potentially growing into a formidable force by March Madness.

While Kansas may have secured a significant victory, it’s too early to predict their trajectory for the entire season based on a single November game. Similarly, don’t count Kentucky out just yet; their young roster has plenty of room to grow and make an impact as the season unfolds.

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