Kentucky will mark the second top-10 team Kansas will have faced in 2005. The Jayhawks defeated then-No. 9 Georgia Tech 70-68 in overtime on New Years Day. The match up tonight takes place in Rupp Arena. The venue is named after Adolph Rupp who was from Halstead, Kan., a KU graduate and played at KU in 1923 under coach F.C. "Phog" Allen.
Second-ranked Kansas opened up the Big 12 season with a 65-60 win over visiting Texas A&M Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. KU freshman Alex Galindo nailed a three from the top of the key with 40 seconds remaining to give the Jayhawks the lead for good. The KU bench outscored A&M's reserves 28-2. Galindo scored eight points, while junior Moulaye Niang contributed 11 solid minutes with four points and six rebounds. With his five assists, senior Aaron Miles moved into first place on the Big 12 conference career assists list.
Kentucky is two-time defending Southeastern Conference champs and enters the Kansas game 10-1. The Wildcats have won six straight and are led by junior Kelenna Azubuike who is averaging 15 points and is second on the team with 4.5 rebounds per contest.
Former Tulsa coaches Bill Self and Tubby Smith meet for the second time.