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Kansas clobbered by Kentucky

November 19, 2014 18:20:56 UK

Bill Self’s Kansas were thrashed by the Wildcats.

The gulf in quality between fifth ranked Kansas and No. 1 Kentucky was clearly demonstrated on Tuesday when the Wildcats hammered the Jayhawks 72-40.

Bill Self’s side shot less than 20% from the floor as they were overwhelmed by a deep Kentucky team in the State Farm Champions Classic at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Wildcats have entered the season with a huge amount of hype, but somewhat amazingly this may be John Calipari’s most talented squad.

Monday the Jayhawks will return home to the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence and entertain Rider before both sides head to Florida to play in the Orlando Classic over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Santa Clara, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Michigan State, Marquette and Georgia Tech join the Jayhawks and the Broncs in the ninth-annual event.

The Spartans were also in action on Tuesday in Indianapolis falling to the Duke Blue Devils in the opening game of the State Farm Champions Classic.

Branden Dawson led Michigan State with 19 points and nine rebounds and Travis Trice had eight assists to go with 15 points in the 81-71 defeat, but the star of the show was Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor.

Expected to be one and done and a potential first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Okafor may well be a candidate for the Player of the Year after yet another impressive performance. The youngster is shooting a fairly ridiculous 25-of-30 over his first three games and did not miss a beat in stepping up in class to play the Spartans after easy wins over Presbyterian and Fairfield.

The Wildcats are 3.50 to win the NCAAB Championship, while Jayhawks can be backed at 17.00.

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