Kentucky defense stifles Kansas in Champions Classic blowout

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dakari Johnson scored 11 points, Andrew Harrison had 10 and No. 1 Kentucky used a dominant defense to blow out No. 4 Kansas 72-40 in Tuesday’s State Farm Champions Classic.

Offensively, the Wildcats (3-0) were off, shooting just 43.1 percent from the field. Yet a stingy defense never gave the Jayhawks (1-1) a chance.

Kansas was led Wayne Selden Jr. with nine points and Cliff Alexander with eight on a night and shot just 19.6 percent from the field. They were 15 of 27 from the free-throw line and finished with their lowest point total since a 61-45 loss to Kentucky on Dec. 1, 1998.

The Wildcats led by as much as 35-17 in the first half. After Kansas closed to 38-28 at the half, Kentucky opened the second half with six straight points and continued extending the lead throughout the second half.

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