LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- That familiar motivator revenge was a big
help in No. 2 Kansas' 85-52 rout of Nevada on Monday night
Coach Bill Self made sure everyone remembered how unranked
Nevada upset then-No. 6 Kansas 75-61 last year.
"Coach brought the old clips when they smacked us pretty good
and the fans stormed the court," said Wayne Simien, who had 10
rebounds and 14 points for his third double-double in as many
games. "He did it to motivate us. I think it did that."
Taller, quicker and deeper, the Jayhawks (3-0) led from the
start in dealing the Wolf Pack (3-1) their most lopsided loss since
a 119-81 defeat to North Texas in February 1999.
"I thought our defense was pretty good," Self said. "I
thought the whole team played sluggish in the second half, which is
to be expected. We still have to learn to put our foot on the
"I just couldn't get anything to go in," Fazekas said. "I had
a couple rim out. It got to me to miss easy jump hooks."
The Wolf Pack's upset of the Jayhawks last season was keyed by
29 points from Kirk Snyder. But he's off to the NBA as a
first-round draft pick and it's obvious Nevada misses him.
"Kirk was a big part of our team," Fazekas said. "We have to
learn to play without him."
Kansas took a 19-4 lead over the first 7 minutes and never
trailed the defending WAC champions, closing out the half on a 9-0
run for a 43-16 lead.
"We folded our tent in the last 3 minutes," first-year Nevada
coach Mark Fox said. "We just folded our tents."
Simien was 6-for-6 from the free throw line and is 21-for-22 in
Kevinn Pinkney, who came in averaging 11 points for Nevada, was
guarded mostly by Simien and was 1-for-10 and had only four points.
When freshman Sasha Kaun hit a short jumper for a 23-6 lead, Fox
called a timeout. But the closest Nevada came was 34-21 after Kyle
Shiloh hit a 3-pointer.
The Jayhawks' biggest lead was 79-40 when Darnell Jackson scored
after Simien grabbed his 10th rebound.
"We are just young," Fox said. "We just couldn't execute our
offense against their pressure defense."
Ramon Sessions had 12 points for Nevada, which shot only 30
percent to Kansas' 47 percent.
It was the second straight game the Jayhawks routed a program
coming off one of its greatest seasons. A week before, Kansas
romped 91-51 over Saint Joseph's, which went through the 2003-04
regular season undefeated.