KU beats Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Brandon Rush scored 16 of his season-high 19 points in the first half and third-ranked Kansas continued its domination over Nebraska with a 79-58 victory Saturday night.

The three-time defending Big 12 champion Jayhawks (16-0, 1-0) won their 17th straight conference opener and are among three remaining unbeaten teams in the nation, along with North Carolina and Memphis.

The victory was the Jayhawks' ninth straight against Nebraska and 18th in the last 19 meetings.

Nebraska (11-3, 0-1), which was off to its best start since 1994-95, saw its six-game win streak end and found out it has a ways to go before it's ready to play with the best of the Big 12.

Mario Chalmers had 14 points and Russell Robinson and Sasha Kaun 10 apiece for the Jayhawks, who shot 53 percent against an opponent that led the Big 12 in field-goal defense.

Aleks Maric led Nebraska with 19 points.

Last season, the Jayhawks blew out Nebraska twice by a combined 73 points.

Saturday, they picked up where they left off, with Rush hitting two quick 3-pointers and the Jayhawks making their first five shots to go up 12-5.

Nebraska got to 29-24 late in the first half, but the Huskers were no match for the Jayhawks' superior athleticism.

Kansas went on a 10-0 run while Maric and Ade Dagunduro were on the bench with two fouls apiece. Paul Velander's 3-pointer ended a stretch of seven scoreless Nebraska possessions, but Chalmers hit a 3 of his own to give Kansas a 42-30 halftime lead.

The Huskers got a scare in the second half when Maric, their season scoring leader, lay face down on his stomach under the Nebraska basket after diving for a loose ball. Play continued at the other end while Maric lay motionless. He walked to the bench on his own after athletic trainers applied towels to his face.

Maric returned after the next stoppage and appeared no worse for the wear, making his final two shots.

Rush had been challenged at the start of the week by Kansas coach Bill Self, who said Rush needed to be more aggressive offensively.

Rush obliged, scoring eight of the Jayhawks' first 14 points. He was a season-high 5-for-7 from behind the arc before sitting out the last 10 minutes.

The Devaney Sports Center crowd of 13,829, the largest since 2002, had at least one thing to cheer. Chants of "Bo, Bo, Bo" erupted as new football coach Bo Pelini was introduced at halftime. Pelini, who replaces the fired Bill Callahan, is fresh off his national championship as LSU's defensive coordinator.

"We can't get on the field quick enough," Pelini told fans, punctuating his remarks with "Go Big Red."


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