Kansas averaged 92 points in its first two games during a 1-1 start before the gravity of what the No. 7 Jayhawks are replacing finally seemed to be catching up with them in a showdown with No. 20 Kentucky on Tuesday night. The Wildcats held Kansas to just five points in the first 10 minutes, and suddenly it seemed painfully clear how much the Jayhawks miss last season’s star duo of Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike.
But that’s when another star emerged for Kansas. Redshirt freshman forward Jalen Wilson exploded to score 21 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Jayhawks back from a 13-point first half deficit and to an 65-62 win over Kentucky in Indianapolis as part of the Champions Classic.
Wilson’s offensive outburst breathed life into a Kansas team that hit just 30% of its shots as senior leader Marcus Garrett dealt with