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Kentucky basketball sophomore PJ Washington scored 21 points to lead 8th-ranked UK to a 76-55 victory over No. 22 Mississippi State on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Rupp Arena. Still, Coach John Calipari says he wants more from Washington.
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Kentucky basketball sophomore PJ Washington scored 21 points to lead 8th-ranked UK to a 76-55 victory over No. 22 Mississippi State on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Rupp Arena. Still, Coach John Calipari says he wants more from Washington.

For the fifth straight year, two of college basketball’s most tradition-rich programs meet as Kentucky plays host to Kansas as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday at Rupp Arena. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN.

To get a scouting report on the Jayhawks, I talked with Gary Bedore of the Kansas City Star. Coach Bill Self’s team is 16-3 on the season and ranked No. 9 in the AP Top 25. Kansas has been trying to adjust to the loss of star center Udoka Azubuike, who is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his hand. Dedric Lawson, a transfer from Memphis, has been picking up the slack.

Meanwhile, Kentucky is 15-3 overall and ranked eighth by the AP. Coach John Calipari’s club has won five straight games, including back-to-back victories over ranked teams in No. 14 Auburn and No. 22 Mississippi State. The Cats have lost three straight to the Jayhawks, however.

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