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.

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Austin Miller joins ABC 36 Sports Team as a Sports Reporter and Weekend Anchor. Austin is from the Louisville area and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2008. Austin graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a second concentration in German. While at IU, Austin was a blogger at Kentsterling.com and co-host, producer and engineer for WIUX, the school’s student radio station. Before coming to ABC 36, Austin was a news videographer at WLFI in West Lafayette from 2012-2015. While working with WLFI, Austin had the chance to cover the Purdue Boilermakers. He then accepted a Sports/New Reporter position at Local 4 KSNB-TV in Hastings Nebraska and was eventually promoted to sports full-time as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. While at KSNB-TV, Austin covered the University of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska-Kearney and Hastings College. After spending nearly six years away from home, Austin is excited to return to the Bluegrass State to cover the teams he grew up watching. In his spare time, Austin enjoys playing basketball, working out and cooking. If you have any story ideas or would like to say “Hello,” you can reach Austin by email at amiller@wtvq.com or direct message him on Twitter @AustinMillerTV.