Tuesday, November 15, 2011
W2W4: Kentucky vs. Kansas (at MSG)
By Kieran Darcy
Here are three things to watch for in Tuesday night's game between No. 2 Kentucky (1-0) and No. 11 Kansas (1-0) on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the second game of the first-ever Champions Classic.
Tip-off will be at approximately 9:30 p.m., following the Duke-Michigan State game, and you can watch on ESPN.
LOCAL PRODUCTS: Both of these teams feature players from the New York metropolitan area. Kentucky has 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Doron Lamb, a Queens native who averaged 12.3 points per game as a freshman, and 6-foot-7 freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, rated the No. 4 senior in the country at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J.
Kansas will start 6-foot-3 senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor, who played for Bob Hurley at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City.
FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Kentucky, which will host St. John's on Dec. 1, opened up the season with a 108-58 thrashing of Marist last Friday night. Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 freshman forward, had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in his collegiate debut. Coach John Calipari started two other freshmen as well: Kidd-Gilchrist (15 points, seven rebounds) and 6-foot-2 point guard Marquis Teague (16 points, four assists).
MORE EXPERIENCE: Kansas also coasted in its season opener, a 100-54 win over Towson. Six Jayhawks were in double figures, led by 6-foot-9 junior forward Thomas Robinson, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Travis Releford, a 6-foot-5 junior, added 14 points. And Kevin Young, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Loyola Marymount, chipped in 13 points in 14 minutes off the bench.