Chicago native Julian Wright scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, Brandon Rush added 19 and top-seeded Kansas romped past Kentucky 88-to-76 in the second round of the N-C-A-A tournament tonight.
Mario Chalmers added 16 for the Jayhawks, who shot a blistering
57 percent to win their 13th in a row. Kansas (32-and-4) will play
fourth-seeded Southern Illinois on Thursday in the West Regional
semifinals in San Jose, Calif.
The rout was a repeat of last year's meeting between the teams
in Lawrence, Kan. Rush led the way in that one, a 73-to-46 blowout
that was Kentucky's worst loss in Tubby Smith's 10 years as coach.
The eighth-seeded Wildcats didn't have Randolph Morris in that
one, as he served out a 14-game suspension for entering the 2005
N-B-A draft. But his presence Sunday made little difference as
Kentucky (22-and-12) lost for the seventh time in 11 games.
Morris finished with 22 points, including 14 from the line.
Bobby Perry added 21.