LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – UK battled, but couldn’t defend or hit shots when needed late, in Chicago Tuesday night in the 65-61 loss to Kansas.
The Jayhawks led by one point at halftime. The game saw 12 lead changes; 10 in the second half alone.
Kevin Knox led all scores with 20 points, 7 rebounds. Hamidou Diallo finished with 14 points. Sacha Killeya-Jones had 8 points, 9 boards.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk paced the Jayhawks with a team-high 17 points.
After two sub-par showings to tip the season, Kentucky did show promise against one of the top tier teams in the nation. Falling to KU puts UK’s all-time Champions Classic record at 4-3.
The Cats shot 42 percent from the field and held Kansas to just 35 percent.
UK tallied 10 blocks to KU’s 2, but turned the ball over 7 more times than the Jayhawks did (18 to 11).
Next up for Kentucky, the Cats return to Rupp Arena to host East Tennessee State Friday night at 7 on the SEC Network.