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  • No. 4 Jayhawks roll over Texas Tech

  • LAWRENCE, Kan. — The last thing Kansas' four seniors wanted to think about was their senior night.
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  • LAWRENCE, Kan. — The last thing Kansas' four seniors wanted to think about was their senior night.
    Determined not to get caught up in the emotion of their final appearance in perpetually amped-up, sold-out Allen Fieldhouse, all four seniors had big games Monday night to lead the fourth-ranked Jayhawks to a 79-42 rout of Texas Tech. "Today's been kind of crazy," said center Jeff Withey, who had 22 points and nine rebounds. "You try not to think about what's really going on, playing for the last time in the fieldhouse. For me personally, it hasn't really hit me. I don't think it will for a while."
    Kevin Young had 14 points and fellow senior Travis Releford 13 added while point guard Elijah Johnson, the fourth member of the class, had seven points and 12 assists. The Jayhawks (26-4, 14-3 Big 12) took a half-game lead over No. 9 Kansas State in their quest for a ninth straight conference title.
    "It's time to rock out. It's time to get to business, and I think we all knew that," said Johnson, who has 22 assists the past two games. "I honestly think the reason it hasn't hit all of us as far as this being the last (home) game is cause we're so focused on what we've got to do. So we're not dwelling on the moment. We know there's stuff to be done. That's where our heads are right now."
    Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore, a potential NBA lottery pick who was probably also playing his last game in Allen Fieldhouse, had 13 points.
    Fueled by Young and Withey, Kansas unleashed a 19-2 run to take a 45-20 halftime lead over the outmanned Red Raiders (10-18, 3-14). Withey and McLemore combined to score the first 10 points in a 16-3 run to open the second half.
    Jordan Tolbert had 16 points for Texas Tech, which lost 60-46 at home to Kansas earlier this season.
    "It's the most difficult situation probably in college basketball to come to Kansas on senior night, No. (4) in the country, a place with storied tradition and a great coach," first-year Texas Tech coach Chris Walker said. "Obviously, we're still building and it was a little tough for our guys."
    The lopsided victory was the 30th straight for Kansas in its home finale and ensured the Jayhawks of at least 26 wins for the seventh consecutive season.
    No. 8 Louisville 67,Cincinnati 51
    At Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored 18 points and Louisville gave Rick Pitino his 300th victory with the Cardinals.
    Pitino earned his 650th career win earlier this season.
    The Cardinals (25-5, 13-4 Big East) picked up their sixth straight win and drew within one-half game of first-place Georgetown.
    The Cardinals forced Cincinnati (20-10, 8-9) into a season-high 21 turnovers. Seven came during the first 10 minutes of the second half, including Kevin Ware's steal and dunk for a 53-42 lead, part of a 23-4 run that put the game away.
    Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng added 11 points each for Louisville.
    Cashmere Wright scored 15 points and Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuan Parker had 12 each for the Bearcats, who lost for the sixth time in eight games.
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