Kansas’ third straight victory over fellow basketball blueblood Kentucky has vaulted Bill Self into a tie with Roy Williams as the second-winningest KU coach of all-time.
Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points, Udoka Azubuike had 13 points with 8 rebounds, Malik Newman added 12 points with 9 boards and Devonté Graham had 11 points (including two big free throws late) as the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks claimed a thrilling 65-61 decision over the No. 7 Wildcats on Tuesday in a Champions Classic contest at the United Center.
It followed a pair of KU victories over John Calipari’s Wildcats in successive seasons in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, improving KU to 9-22 all-time against Kentucky.
Tuesday’s win was Self’s 418th all-time (against 88 losses) in 15 seasons at Kansas. Roy Williams also won 418 games (against 101 setbacks) in 15 seasons (1989-2003). Phog Allen is No. 1 all-time at KU with 590 wins.
KU won this one down the stretch. Graham hit one of two free throws to bust a 57-57 tie, then Newman hit a three at 2:06 to give KU a 61-57 lead. Kentucky cut it to 61-59, but Newman cashed a pair of free throws following a rebound and sprint down the court with 17 seconds left to give KU a four-point lead at 63-59.
Kentucky cut it to two at 63-61 with 8 seconds left but Graham made two free throws to give KU a 65-61 advantage at 7.1, sealing the victory.
KU overcame a Kentucky team that blocked 10 shots….