Kentucky and Kansas Headline SEC/Big 12 Challenge This Weekend

NCAA basketball fans are in for a treat come January 30, when the Kentucky Wildcats battle the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Kansas has looked like the superior team so far in the 2015-16 college basketball season and Bill Self and co. will certainly have the chance to prove that’s the case when they host Kentucky for their SEC/Big 12 Challenge game on Saturday.

While Kentucky hasn’t lived up to their yearly championship billing, John Calipari has still kept his Wildcats inside the nation’s Top 25 rankings with a solid 15-4 record. Kentucky has some work to do with two losses in SEC play, but a huge road win against an elite Jayhawks team could help their national standing and RPI rank considerably. Kansas has remained a powerhouse, as well, sustaining “better” losses on their schedule and jumping out to a similar 16-4 record to start the year.

The price of Kentucky and Kansas tickets reflect how big this matchup really is, with the average price being $394.59 according to TiqIQ.com. At nearly $400 on average, Saturday’s clash rises a good $210 from the average price of Kentucky Wildcats tickets, and about $233 more than Kansas Jayhawks tickets. The get-in price for the game is relatively expensive too, with the cheapest seat listed at $179.

With tickets to this week’s Kentucky vs. Kansas game costing a good amount, fans that are traveling at least can save some cash for the trip with flights to Kansas City on Hipmunk.com coming in at a solid price. Kentucky and Kansas fans looking for lodging can find even better deals, with Kansas City hotels on Hipmunk.com starting at just $67.

This weekend’s battle between Kansas and Kentucky figures to be a good one based on how the two have played so far this year. Kentucky will be hoping the final result is close to what happened last year, however, when they destroyed the Jayhawks, 72-40. John Calipari’s crew have had a nice run of late over Kansas, but the Jayhawks will be looking for a big win that could help them snap a three-game losing skid in the series – one that included a 2012 loss in the national title game.

It’s not out of the realm of possibilities to imagine both of these teams fighting on a similar stage when the regular season is over, but at the moment they’re in very different situations. Despite having similar records, a Kentucky team that was supposed to win it all a year ago is slowly falling out of the Top 25. A loss to a top-5 team wouldn’t cripple them, but it could be one more reminder that this rendition of the Wildcats may not be ready for the big stage. It’s somewhat the opposite for Kansas, who already had ascended to the nation’s No. 1 spot earlier this year and with a win over Kentucky, could propel themselves back into the discussion for that top spot above the rest of the nation.

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