Scores

Final

Ole Miss 40

(14-12, 4-9 SEC)

Kentucky 80

(18-9, 8-5 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, February 22, 2006

    Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky

    1 2 T
    MISS 17 2340
    UK 40 4080

    Top Performers

    Ole Miss: C. Sanders 9 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    Kentucky: R. Rondo 6 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kentucky 80, Mississippi 40

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Joe Crawford had 17 points and Preston LeMaster added a career-high 12 as Kentucky solidified its NCAA tournament chances with an 80-40 victory over Mississippi Wednesday night.

    The blowout guarantees the Wildcats at least an 8-8 Southeastern Conference record in a rocky season that has included two three-game losing streaks.

    Despite the impressive win, Kentucky (18-9, 8-5) will know soon exactly where is stacks up among conference elites. It concludes the season with games against the SEC's only three ranked teams -- No. 24 Louisiana State, No. 10 Tennessee and No. 12 Florida.

    The Rebels (14-12, 4-9) were playing without their best player, center Dwayne Curtis, who left for Chicago earlier this week to attend the funeral of his brother, who died from injuries suffered in a car accident.

    It was a game in which coach Tubby Smith emptied his bench, playing 14 different Wildcats, and 13 of them scored.

    Many of Crawford's points came from Rajon Rondo's dazzling assists -- including two alley-oop passes that Crawford dunked home. Rondo finished with a career-high 12 assists, three short of Travis Ford's team record of 15 set Dec. 8, 1993, against Eastern Kentucky.

    Two quick 3-pointers by LeMaster helped ignite an early 17-2 run for the Wildcats, who led 40-17 at halftime. LeMaster also got his first rebound in almost three months, then promptly traveled.

    No Mississippi player reached double figures. Londrick Nolen and Clarence Sanders had nine points each.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MISS
    UK
    Points 40 80
    FG Made-Attempted 13-58 (.224) 27-54 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-22 (.182) 9-21 (.429)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-18 (.556) 17-22 (.773)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 42

    2005-06 Season

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