Indiana smashes Kentucky 79-53

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind -- From opening tip-off to the final horn, the No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers dominated the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats in a 79-53 rout. Indiana was led by a double-double from former Auburn transfer Marco Killingsworth, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds. A.J. Ratliff scored 21 for the Hoosiers, all of them in the 2nd half.

Kentucky came into the game having defeated Indiana and Coach Mike Davis five consecutive times, and having won 10 of the last 11 from the Hoosiers. The domination today was solely from the Hoosiers side of the court, however, as the Cats fell hard to the Hoosiers, 79-53.

Just 12 seconds into the game, Shagari Alleyne scored on an assist from Rajon Rondo. Kentucky would have only one more assist the entire half. They finished with only four assists for the game, against 19 turnovers.

The Cats appeared rattled by the strong interior game from Indiana, led by Killingsworth. Time and time again the Wildcats were impotent to stop the strong aggressive moves, and could choose only to watch meekly, or foul, committing 29 fouls on the day. Four Kentucky players finished with four fouls each.

The Cats offense was just as feeble, even jeopardizing their streak of 583 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer. Brandon Stockton managed to move the streak to 584, but not until after the Cats had missed their first 21 attempts and only three-and-a-half minutes remained in the game. Kentucky arrived at the game shooting approximately 40% from 3-point range for the season, but shot only 2-27 from the game (7%) from behind the arc.

At halftime, Indiana had built a commanding 45-29 lead. Although the Hoosiers scored only two points in the first seven-and-a-half minutes of the second half, the lead had only been cut to two.

Kentucky was led by Rondo, who finished with 21 points, most coming in garbage time. He also led the Cats in rebounds with 9, as UK outrebounded Indiana 36-34. Patrick Sparks, Ramel Bradley, and Joe Crawford chipped in six points each.

With the loss, UK falls to 6-3 on the season, and has a week to prepare for in-state and undefeated rival Louisville. The game tips at 2:00 p.m. in Rupp Arena and will be broadcast by CBS.

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