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Kansas may face biggest challenge of the season in Oscar Tshiebwe

The undersized Kansas Jayhawks will be in for a battle with Oscar Tshiebwe, who is averaging 16.6 points and 13.9 rebounds this season.

The No. 9 Jayhawks (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) and (14-6, 5-3 SEC) will face off in a Big 12/SEC Challenge game tomorrow.  is looking for redemption.

Kansas comes to Lexington desperate as it looks to avoid its first four-game losing streak since the 1988-89 season. The undersized Jayhawks will be in for a battle with , who is averaging 16.6 points and 13.9 rebounds this season.

“They got a really good player in Oscar,” KU forward Jalen Wilson said Thursday. “He gave us problems last year. So (we're) just figuring out what it's going to take to slow him down as much as we can.”

As for what Kansas learned from playing Tshiebwe last season?

“We've got to bring the physicality to him,” Wilson said. “He's a beast in there. I think last year we weren't as locked in what he was capable of doing, as far as taking over a game in the paint. He's doing it all again this year.

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.

 

On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.

 

On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.

 

On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.

 

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