"We had no answer today," coach Tubby Smith said, "they were bigger, faster and played harder. They were the better team today."
It was ugly almost from the beginning. With the score tied at 4-4 in the first three minutes of the game, Kansas' Brandon Rush nailed a shot that would propel the Jayhawks on to a 19-4 run and the rout was on. Behind the play of Rush and Russell Robinson, the Jayhawks would simply dominate every aspect of the game, coasting to a 41-19 halftime lead.
"We showed up and that was about it," coach Tubby Smith said, "we just have not been able to score. We miss a couple of shot and then we just stand around and dribble and dribble. We can't win like that."
The second half was more of the same as C.J. Giles hit a runner that started a 10-2 run for the Jayhawks. The Wildcats never made a serious run at the Jayhawks, who moved to 9-4 for the season. Kentucky fell to 10-4 and will almost certainly fall from the top 25 when the next polls are released.
"We've been having this problem all year," Smith said, "playing out of position, not getting back on defense, not moving the ball well." Rush scored 24 points for Kansas, which shot 50% from the field. He also added 12 rebounds. "Our scouting report said he went to the right side every time," Smith said, "I guess that didn't sink in with our guys."
The Wildcats had no player in double figures. Rajon Rondo and Joe Crawford chipped in 9 points a piece for Kentucky, which shot an abysmal 24% from the field and a horrid 12% from three point range.
"I don't think we made an open jump shot in the first half," Smith said, "we simply aren't playing together. You play the way we played, you are going to get beat. It's as simple as that." Kentucky's problems seemed unending. The Wildcats had zero assists in the first half and finished with just five for the game. The Cats were also rebounded badly, 45-35. Guards senior Patrick Sparks and sophomore guard Ramel Bradley combined for 0-13 shooting with no assists.
"It's my fault," Smith said, "maybe I haven't pushed them that hard. It's just not sinking in."
The Wildcats will return to action on Tuesday night at home against Vanderbilt. The game will open SEC play for Kentucky. It will also mark the return of center Randolph Morris, who returns to action for the first time all season after serving a suspension for involvement with an agent during the summer.