Cats Strong Defense and Second Half Performance Leads to Win over #9 Kansas, 71-63

For the first time in the John Calipari era, the #8 Kentucky Wildcats get their third straight win over a ranked opponent in as many games, beating #9 Kansas, 71-63.

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LEXINGTON, KY (WTVQ) – For the first time in the John Calipari era, the #8 Kentucky Wildcats get their third straight regular-season win over a ranked opponent in as many games, beating #9 Kansas, 71-63.

The Cats came out of the game flat, going (0-8) from three-point range in the first half. Thankfully for UK, PJ Washington and Reid Travis were difference-makers in the paint. Travis had four and-one plays in the first half, while Washington led the Cats in first half rebounding with nine. UK would go to the break down, 33-30.

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In the second half, Kentucky came out firing, going on a 11-4 run to start. They’d never trail from there. Washington led all Cats with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Travis was right behind him with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Keldon Johnson (15) and Ashton Hagans (12) were the other two UK players in double figures.

With the win, Kentucky moves to (16-3) on the season, finishing their non-conference with a (11-2) record. The Wildcats are back on the road Tuesday night. They’ll take on Vanderbilt. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m.