Kentucky and Buffalo have only played once, and the Bulls actually gave the Wildcats a scare.
With Bobby Hurley on the sideline, Buffalo came to Rupp Arena in 2014 and punched UK in the mouth. The Bulls shot 44 percent in the first half to take a 38-33 lead into the locker room. Likely looking ahead to Kansas in the Champions Classic, Kentucky woke up and held the Bulls to 4-19 from the field in the second half.
Trey Lyles led had 12 points and started the second half run to help the Cats retake the lead for good. Devin Booker added 10 points and Tyler Ulis knocked down four three-pointers to give the Cats a 71-52 victory.
One Buffalo player was on the roster for both games, starting center Ikenna Smart. The redshirt junior did not play at Rupp Arena. Smart starts for this year’s team, but after the tip he takes a back seat to Nick Jenkins. Smart averages 3.6 points, 3.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game.