Kansas and Kentucky fight for most wins in college history
Allen Fieldhouse hasn’t been too kind to the Wildcats for a few decades now.
The Jayhawks have won four straight home games against Kentucky since 1985, including an infamous 150-95 victory in 1989. Their last clash against The Phog was in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge 2016, with Kansas claiming a victory in 90-84 extension. .
The 2022 game should look more like the 2016 contest rather than 1985, but that still doesn’t look too good for Kentucky’s odds. The fact that the Wildcats’ top player, Oscar Tshiebwe, hasn’t had much success in the past against Kansas either.
Tshiebwe, who transferred from West Virginia after last season, played twice at Allen Fieldhouse and lost both times. He’s better than ever this year with his career record 16.3 points and 14.4 rebounds per game while shooting 67 percent from the field. It’s going to be as tough as a mission Kansas’ David McCormack faces this year, and the game could decide the fate of the game.
Kentucky, meanwhile, will need to find a way to slow down an explosive Kansas backcourt led by Remy Martin, Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun – especially with the latter two totaling 38.7 points per game combined.
This is usually a rivalry that favors the home team, which is perhaps why the Two Blue Bloods prefer the neutral pitches of the Champions Classic pitch for their most recent clashes.
It’s hard not to give the advantage to a Kansas team currently ranked well above Kentucky. The Wildcats will just have to hope that a loss to the Jayhawks doesn’t drop them to the top of the NCAA’s all-time winning list.