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Indianapolis, IN - John Caliparis platoon system proved successful on Tuesday, and Kentuckys interior defense looked as good as it ever has. The Harrison twins combined for 18 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Marcus Lee both blocked four shots and No. 1 Kentucky dismantled fifth-ranked Kansas, 72-40, in the second game of the Champions Classic. Andrew Harrison scored 10 points, with his brother Aaron chipping in eight for Kentucky, which got at least four points from all 10 members of its rotation. Towns contributed nine points and eight rebounds and Willie Cauley-Stein had a game-high 10 boards for Kentuckys Harrison-led blue platoon, which is its starting unit. We kind of bum-rushed them a little bit and every time they looked there were more tanks coming over the hill, Calipari said. Dakari Johnson had 11 points off the bench to lead the Wildcats (3-0), who outscored Kansas 30-12 in the paint and blocked 11 shots as a team. Wayne Selden had nine points for Kansas (1-1), which fell behind early and never found a way to consistently score against Kentuckys aggressive defense. The Jayhawks shot just 19.6 percent from the floor and 3-for-15 from behind the arc. We never once did anything that resembled a team offense at all and I hope they were the primary reason why, Kansas head coach Bill Self said. Kentucky blocked three shots during the opening segment, with each member of its starting frontcourt unit getting in on the action. Alex Poythress denied Perry Ellis at the rim in transition, and Towns brought the crowd to life with an emphatic swat on Devonte Graham. The Wildcats led 8-6 at the first media timeout. Kentuckys white platoon checked in and extended the lead to 12-7, with Tyler Ulis getting a baseline runner to fall and Lee scoring on a sweeping hook. Later in the first, Cauley-Stein converted a tip-slam seconds after his own missed free throw, and Andrew Harrison hit a three to cap a 12-0 run as Kentucky extended its lead to 24-9. All 10 members of Kentuckys rotation scored at least two points in the first 14 minutes of the game, with Johnsons putback layup making it 30-15 at 6:13. The Jayhawks closed the half on a 7-1 run, with a pair of freshmen doing all the work. Kelly Oubre scored five straight and Cliff Alexander tipped in Frank Masons missed layup. Johnson split a pair of free throws at the other end, and it was 38-28 at intermission. Kentucky scored the first six points of the second half to regain control. Kansas didnt score until Alexanders free throw at 14:39. Another 7-0 burst put the Wildcats up 55-35, and it was no contest from there. Game Notes . Kentucky improved to 22-6 in the all-time series ... The Wildcats improved to 41-0 under Calipari when holding opponents under 55 points ... Kentucky has won 21 of its last 23 games when ranked No. 1 ... Kentucky only had six turnovers ... Kentucky hosts Boston University on Friday, while Kansas returns to the court next Monday at home against Rider. FIVE QUICK HOOPS THOUGHTS 1. TIM HARDAWAY, JR (Knicks): Picked 24th by New Yorks former GM, Glen Grunwald (honestly, what is owner James Dolan thinking firing him?) is a gem. Saw him on Friday night vs. the Raptors. I was very impressed with him. Hes got nice shooting mechanics and plays with great energy and awareness. Played for a terrific college coach at Michigan (John Beilein) who is one of the best in the business at teaching offensive fundamentals and obviously his dad, Tim, Sr. was a wonderful player. He really jumped out at me. Hell be playing for a winning team and will have to earn every minute he gets which is a good thing - it will make him a better pro in the long run. If first impressions matter he made a positive one, thats for sure. 2. GREG ODEN (Heat): Practiced for the first time 5-on-5 on Sunday and got through it okay. Fingers crossed hes able to practice/play consistently. Frustrating start to his NBA career with a rash of injuries. The positive is that the Heat need him in a secondary capacity and hell be brought along slowly and eased in. In addition, hell be held accountable by coach Erik Spoelstra, president Pat Riley and a team with good internal leadership - you had better be in shape, do your work and be professional or else. Its an environment that is conducive to a gradual step in the right direction for him if he can stay healthy. 3. NIKOLA PEKOVIC (Timberwolves): Man this guy is a beast. What a load to move in the lane. Felt bad for the Raptors big men watching them try to battle with him last week. When he gets to his spot on the floor - good luck moving him. Hes developed into a nice player and when you look around the league there will be nights that hell have his way in the lane with smaller/weaker bigs in the paint. He has no back down and is a relentless rebounder and improving offensive feature for coach RRick Adelman.dddddddddddd. 4. DEMAR DEROZAN (Raptors): I have been impressed with him and his approach from the start of Training Camp. Definitely stronger and seems to know what works for him and playing the game at an efficient pace. Ive always respected his mature approach. He loves the game and works at his craft diligently. Hes playing with a greater degree of toughness in the lane and attacking his opponent and working harder to draw fouls and get to the free throw line. Obviously, the Raptors have played only four preseason games so the sample size is very small but he is on the right track. Stay on it and keep improving. People talk a lot about his three-point shooting needing to improve. I totally agree. Lets be real though. Hell never be confused even at his best with Ray Allen. Hes a slasher with great explosiveness and increased strength whose biggest positive is getting to the rim. Play to your strengths - be who you are. 5. ANDREW WIGGINS (University of Kansas): Got my Sports Illustrated in the mailbox and see him on the cover. The hype is ratcheting up even further. What expectations and pressure on this young man. Happy that hes getting the PR and its an exciting time for the growth of Canadian basketball yet I always worry when too much is thrown at a young player. Thrilled for him yet the attention unnerves me. Most times it creates distractions that they cant live up to. Im hopeful that he has the emotional maturity/makeup to handle all of this. I wish he could ease into this a bit more. With the accelerated pace of development of players these days its hard for a player to experience the much needed growing pains that shape your character and improve you as a player. Easy does it is not the mode anymore and it can crush a guy. Based upon what Ive seen he looks like a guy that will get through it all just fine. ' ' '


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