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.
The field has been set for the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter won the pole and will be joined by rookie Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti on the front row. Row three features defending IndyCar champ Ryna Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe. (NBC Sports)