Kansas-Kentucky already has been circled as one of college basketball’s best games next season.
The marquee Big 12/SEC Challenge contest ranks No. 1 on NCAA.com’s list of best conference challenge matchups for the 2018-19 season.
The contest won’t just be a fun nonconference clash between two basketball blue bloods.
NCAA.com’s Andy Katz said it could carry No. 1-seed implications.
This was a natural to pair since it wasn’t going to occur in the Champions Classic in November. Kansas and Kentucky are likely top five preseason teams and by late January should be well on their way toward front-runner status in the Big 12 and the SEC, respectively. This game could have No. 1 seed implications.
The Jayhawks will look different without the services of Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.
Kansas did a fine job on the recruiting trail, however, landing a pair of 5-star guards in Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson.
Kansas will go for its seventh win over Kentucky in the Bill Self era when the teams meet on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.
This will be the third meeting between the schools in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The first two came in 2016 and 2017.
Self is 6-3 in games against Kentucky since arriving at Kansas. The Jayhawks have won the last three games, most recently a 65-61 triumph over the Wildcats in Chicago on Nov. 14.
Kentucky has a 21-9 edge in the series, which started in 1959.