(12) Kansas 81

(15-5, 5-1 Big 12)

Nebraska 51

(9-11, 1-6 Big 12)

    2:00 PM ET, February 1, 2003

    Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

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    Huskers suffer worst loss at Devaney Sports Center

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The only thing that was special about Kansas' victory over Nebraska was how easy it came.

    Keith Langford and Kirk Hinrich each scored 17 points to lead four Kansas players in double figures, and the (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) Jayhawks beat the Cornhuskers 81-51 Saturday.

    "It was just a workmanlike effort,'' Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "I don't think our guys were hanging from the rafters or anything like that. Human nature is that they're going to read and see Nebraska is 1-5 and going to be more fired up to play Arizona on national TV than a team that's struggling.''

    This one certainly didn't generate the emotion that the Jayhawks' last two games did -- a 90-87 win over No. 3 Texas and a 91-74 loss to top-ranked Arizona.

    But the Jayhawks (15-5, 5-1 Big 12) did perform well enough against the outmanned Huskers to hand Nebraska its worst loss in the Devaney Sports Center, which opened in 1976.

    "I have a great deal of respect for Barry Collier and what he does and what his kids do and how hard they play,'' Williams said. "But we were more gifted.''

    Nebraska (9-11, 1-6) lost its fourth straight and sixth in seven games.

    The Jayhawks, who outrebounded Nebraska 52-34, beat the Cornhuskers for the ninth straight time and limited them to their lowest point total of the season.

    "They're just as good a team this year, if not better, than last year,'' Nebraska's Andrew Drevo said. "I see them making a little run right now and getting into a groove.''

    Langford scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half as Kansas charged to a 38-23 lead. He scored 18 points in the Jayhawks' 92-59 win over Nebraska on Jan. 11.

    "He had a very good game against us in Lawrence,'' said Collier, the Huskers' third-year coach. "The combination of him being able to penetrate in and get some perimeter shots, he's a very tough player. I think he's improved as much as anybody on their team from last year.''

    Nick Collison had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Aaron Miles added 14 points for the Jayhawks.

    Drevo had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Nebraska.

    The Jayhawks shot just 40.5 percent in the first half and 43.1 percent overall, but still controlled the game throughout.

    Nebraska employed a zone defense, which kept the Jayhawks from getting the ball inside with regularity. The Jayhawks launched 23 3-point shots, making six.

    "I don't like to shoot 3-point shots 23 times,'' Williams said, "just because their coach wants us to shoot that. We've got to do a better job of moving and getting the ball in there.''

    Drevo scored seven straight points to give Nebraska its only lead at 11-10.

    Kansas seized the lead with a 23-6 run. Langford and Miles each scored seven points in the surge.

    The Huskers closed to 47-34 on a free throw by Wes Wilkinson, but Kansas countered with a 13-2 run that put the game out of reach.

    Collison, coming off a 24-point, 23-rebound performance in the win over Texas last Monday, made only one of his first seven shots against the Huskers.

    "Last time he was 0-for-6 to start the game against Nebraska,'' Williams said, "but he did a nice job on the backboards and had some blocks as well. We do need scoring out of Nick.''

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