INDIANAPOLIS - No. 2 Kentucky held Indiana to its lowest point total in nearly 20 years, overpowering the Hoosiers 80-41 on Saturday.
Chuck Hayes scored 22 points and Erik Daniels added 19 and the Wildcats (6-0) used a suffocating defense to hold Indiana to just 15 points in the second half.
While Kentucky was hitting 50 percent of its shots from the field, Indiana (4-4) shot just 24.2 percent — 16.7 percent in the second half.
Bracey Wright had 23 points and Sean Kline 15 for the Hoosiers. The rest of the team combined for three.
The last time Indiana was held to 41 points was Jan. 27, 1985, in a 52-41 loss at Illinois.
The worst defeat in coach Mike Davis’ four years at Indiana took its toll. At times, the coach acted like Bob Knight, the man he replaced. Davis scolded players in front of the fans and got in their faces.
He also failed to show up for the postgame news conference.
Hayes and Daniels each grabbed 10 rebounds as Kentucky outrebounded Indiana 54-35 and outscored the Hoosiers inside 48-16.
About the only thing Kentucky did wrong was commit 13 turnovers in the first half, allowing Indiana to stay close at 32-26.
But the Wildcats took control early in the second half in winning their 26th consecutive regular-season game. Hayes opened with back-to-back baskets to spark a 9-0 run that made it 41-26 with 17:45 to go.
Kentucky’s second 9-0 run made it 54-31 with 12:30 left.
The 39-point margin was the Hoosiers’ worst defeat in the 47-game series with Kentucky.
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