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Kansas vs Kentucky, K-State vs UMKC, Wichita State a victor

15 November 2017

"You can not play Popcorn State and learn anything". The Jayhawks defeated Duke, 77-75, in the actual Champions Classic, • Kentucky, 79-73, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and Michigan State, 90-70, in the NCAA Tournament's second round. I didn't realize how good (Vermont) was until I watched the tape.

On paper, Self has more than enough factual material to convince his players that they won't be able to just coast to another title.

That being said, it is not going to get any easier for the Wildcats, who will face the Kansas Jayhawks next. Kevin Knox and PJ Washington are second and third on the team.

The Wildcats (2-0) will take on the Jayhawks (1-0) in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night in Chicago.

Preston, a 6-foot-10 forward, sat out the Jayhawks' season opener after he was suspended for missing both curfew and class. The Wildcats have failed to cover in both games, as they were double-digit favorites in both cases.

Kentucky is off to a 2-0 start with a 73-69 win over Vermont and a 73-63 win over Utah Valley.

BC 91, South Carolina State 52 - Steffon Mitchell scored 21 points, Jordan Chatman had 13, and the Eagles breezed to a victory at Conte Forum in the first meeting between the schools. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 155 points.

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Kentucky got a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds from Washington, his best performance of the young season.

Kentucky made five of their first nine shots and never trailed after Vermont scored the first basket of the contest. Defensively they have very good potential but there have been some problems early. "We usually have shoot-around in the morning, get up and get a nice breakfast, come back and watch film and stuff like that". "Everybody is a victor". Drew Urquhart added 13 points after making 5-of-8 attempts from the floor and Ernie Duncan posted 10 points after draining three triples.

"I was really disappointed with our guys, " said SC State coach Murray Garvin, who spoke to his team - at times loudly - in the locker room for about 30 minutes after the game. The Cousins, Wall, Bledsoe group were quick learners, and we all know how competitive that team was as it ran through the regular season with only two losses, at SC and at Tennessee. She averaged just 6.1 points per game and shot 31 percent from 3 a year ago. However, it does mean this current team has not climbed its learning curve much during its three exhibitions and first two regular season games.

Christian went deep into his bench late in the first half and played mostly reserves in the final 10 minutes. "They will play fast, bang bang, shoot threes and their guard play's unbelievable. It was just a really good feel for where guys were". This team has a high basketball IQ and they are more potent on offense than I thought. "Some of the best possessions we had were when we didn't score, but the plays were run".

ON POINT: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the starting point guard in the season opener, but Quade Green started in place of Gilgeous-Alexander and finished with four points.

Vermont, which fell to 0-15 against Southeastern Conference teams, will take on Bradley in the Islands of Bahamas Classic on Friday. Overall, the Catamounts are 0-3 against Florida, 0-2 against Georgia and Vanderbilt.

Kansas vs Kentucky, K-State vs UMKC, Wichita State a victor