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No. 19 Kentucky Simply Can't Cope in Kansas

January 08, 2006|From the Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It might be another 16 seasons before Kentucky returns to Allen Fieldhouse.

Before Saturday, the Wildcats hadn't played there since getting blown out, 150-95, on Dec. 9, 1989 -- still a school scoring record for the Jayhawks and the second-worst loss in Kentucky's history.

This time, the 19th-ranked Wildcats left on the short end of the biggest defeat in Tubby Smith's nine seasons as coach -- a 73-46 loss during which they shot 24% and didn't have an assist until the second half.

"We just got outworked today," guard Ravi Moss said. "We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and see if we have any heart. ... They were tougher than we were today."

Freshman Brandon Rush had career highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds, his first double-double for Kansas (9-4).

It was the lowest-scoring game for the Wildcats (10-4) since a 46-45 loss to Michigan State on Dec. 16, 2000. Their only other loss of more than 20 points under Smith was a 79-53 defeat at Indiana on Dec. 10.

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