FINAL: INDIANA 114, KENTUCKY 60. Jeepers.
2:32 to play: Indiana 107, Kentucky 55.
Hold it on that all-time victory margin for the Indiana-Kentucky series. Indiana Game Director Charlie Hall said his info might have been wrong. He’s still checking.
Darius Latham’s 2 free throws create a 50-point Indiana lead, 97-47, with 6:04 to play. Largest margin in series was 38 points in 1998.
7:29: Indiana 87, Kentucky 45. Part of it is talent, tonight, but Indiana is also making almost all the hustle plays and snaring almost all the loose balls. A recipe for a blowout.
9:38: Indiana 81, Kentucky 43. Haven’t seen this sort of blowout in the series for a long time.
Bryson Scott shoots. A lot. But generally well.
11:41: Indiana 75, Kentucky 41. Hoosiers well on their way to their 10th straight win in the series. Some of those games have been squeakers, but don’t know if either of this year’s games will be. Indiana playing superbly. Kentucky can’t handle the Hoosier depth and skill.
Devin Davis rebounds then goes all the way to a traditional 3-point play gets the Indiana lead to 30, 67-37, with 13:30 left.
15:38: Indiana 58, Kentucky 37. A Collin Hartman rebound and assist for a Zak Irvin 3 pumps Indiana’s lead above 20 for the first time at 15:50.
Devin Davis steal leads to Zak Irvin dunk. Indiana back up 53-35 (palindromically?) with 16:56 to play.
Indiana starts second half a bit sloppy and selfish, forcing shots. Kentucky within 45-33.
HALFTIME: Indiana 44, Kentucky 29. Really good Hoosier half, though Kentucky was awarded and made four free throws in the final 0:06.1 to cut the margin to 15. Indiana football recruit Darius Latham credited with three assists, officially, but had at least a couple more. All the IU guys played well in shared minutes. Notre Dame recruit VJ Beachem hasn’t missed a shot and leads a very balanced Indiana with 10 points. Devin Davis has six points and four boards in 8 minutes. Collin Hartman has 3 points in 6 minutes. Latham has 5 points and 4 boards in 8 minutes. Indiana shot .529 from the field and held Kentucky to .286. Mr. Basketball Dominque Hawkins leads Kentucky and all scorers with 11 points and was a Bluegrass bright spot.
Great hustle play Mike Crawford, diving on loose ball in traffic and getting a timeout with 1:32 left, Indiana up, 41-25. Hoosiers, even their reserves, are making most of the hustle plays. Alert and quick to the ball.
3:37: Indiana 41, Kentucky 23. And a Darius Latham 3 from the top of the key makes pumps the lead up to 18. He sure is ballin’ for a defensive tackle.
7:30: Indiana 31, Kentucky 17. Can Darius Latham play quarterback? The IU defensive tackle signee dropped a pair of beautiful passes on teammates for assists right after entering the game, as Indiana made a mass substitution at 10:30, leading 25-10. The lead peaked at 29-12 before a quick 5-0 Kentucky run.
Devin Davis steal and flying tomahawk slam prompts quick Kentucky timeout. Indiana up, 23-10. He assisted a VJ Beachem 3 before that.
11:53: Indiana 18, Kentucky 10. Devin Davis picked up his second foul and exited at 12:18. Hoosiers will miss him. Not deep on the front line.
Kentucky a quick run to pull within 14-10. Massive 2-handed slam follow by UK-bound Derek Willis.
Collin Hartman really hedging ball-screens well defensively and just nailed his first 3 to give Indiana a double-digit lead at 14-4.
15:42: Indiana 11, Kentucky 4. Devin Davis an early catalyst for Indiana, scoring, rebounding, shot-blocking. Just very active. Went out for a couple of minutes but will re-enter after this timeout.
IU recruit Devin Davis gets first hoop (and first big shot-block) of Indiana All-Star game against Kentucky. Had four points as Hoosiers started with 9-4 run.
PREGAME: Indiana’s All-Stars takes a nine-game winning streak into tonight’s renewal of their annual border war against their Kentucky counterparts, but many of those games could have gone the other way, with margins of one, two, three and five points in the past four years. A big Yogi Ferrell steal and a couple of breaks helped rescue Indiana at Freedom Hall last year. This year’s Kentucky club is taller than Indiana and features a couple of Kentucky recruits, and guys going to places such as St. Johns and Boston College. Indiana’s team has six future Big Ten players including Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin (Michigan) and IU signees Devin Davis and Collin Hartman. Look for tipoff at around 7:45. We’ll have live updates here and via Twitter at htograham.