LOUISVILLE — The Indianapolis 500 was a few weeks ago, but there was plenty more Hoosier horsepower on display in Freedom Hall on Friday night.
The Indiana All-Stars revved up their Division I talent and roared by Kentucky 114-60 in the opener of their annual two-game set.
The 54-point margin was the largest in the history of the series that dates to 1940. The previous record was 37 points when Indiana won 101-64 in 1960.
This was Indiana's 10th consecutive victory over Kentucky, and its 17th in the last 18 meetings. The Hoosiers will go for their fifth sweep in a row Saturday night in Indianapolis.
"I don't think it can get any worse," Kentucky Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. said. "They're good, but they shouldn't be 50 points better than us."
Indiana overwhelmed Kentucky every which way.
The Hoosiers shot 59.5 percent, including 13 of 22 from three-point range. Kentucky shot 32 percent, and was 2-for-19 on threes.
Indiana won the rebounding battle 50 to 25. It had 18 assists to Kentucky's five.
V.J. Beachem, a 6-foot-7 Notre Dame signee, didn't miss a shot on his way to 22 points and six rebounds.
Zak Irvin, Indiana's Mr. Basketball and a Michigan signee, had all of his 14 points in the second half. Purdue-bound Bryson Scott also had 14.
Devin Davis, who's headed to Indiana, added 10 points and eight rebounds.
"Definitely a tough night," said Dominique Hawkins, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball.
"By the score, it looked like they were stronger, faster and way better than us. But they're not that much better."
Feldhaus said his team was "big-time shorthanded" by not having Darryl Hicks (injured knee), and by not having Jack Whitman (bad back) in practice the last two days.
"We only had seven guys at practice (Thursday)," he said.
And the two guys Feldhaus was counting on the most — UK signees Hawkins and Derek Willis — were worn out before the game started.
Hawkins and Willis went through two workouts at UK Friday morning before traveling to Louisville Friday afternoon.
"They gave us a good effort, but they had no legs," Feldhaus said.
Because Hawkins and Willis were committed to working out at UK most of the week, Feldhaus said he had them for only one practice.
That kept Willis from learning the system that Feldhaus used with Hawkins at Madison Central.
"There's nothing we can do about that," Feldhaus said.
Willis led Kentucky with 18 points. Hawkins had 13, 11 coming in the first 15 minutes before he lost his spark.
Ken-Jah Bosley added nine points.
"We just had a tough time scoring," Feldhaus said. "Indiana was so much stronger than us. We couldn't keep them off the boards. That was the biggest thing."
Indiana Coach Scott Heady praised his team's all-for-one attitude.
"Our guys didn't get sloppy when we got the lead," he said. "They kept their intensity and stayed unselfish.
"That's great to see. We've got some big-time players who are willing to sacrifice for the good of the team."
Irvin agreed: "All of us just want to win, and it showed tonight."
No attendance was announced for Friday night's game. It looked like only a few thousand fans in Freedom Hall.
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