KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- No. 17 Kansas posted a huge victory and suffered a significant loss.
Kirk Hinrich scored a career-high 29 points but the Jayhawks lost starting forward Wayne Simien to a dislocated right shoulder in a 100-46 rout of Missouri-Kansas City.
Kansas (9-3) won its sixth straight game but faces the prospect of having to deal without its top rebounder and second-leading scorer.
Simien, a sophomore, suffered the injury attempting to block a layup attempt by Michael Watson in the first half. He had just four points in the contest before leaving with the injury but entered the game averaging 17 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.
"It stopped being fun for our family sitting on that bench," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "Wayne's shoulder is dislocated. It is the same one that he had surgery on during his senior year of high school. The shoulder is back in place and they have it strapped up.
"The doctors will look at him again tonight. It is too early to say what might happen. It would all be guesses at this time. After talking to (the doctors), we will not do anything for the next week to 10 days."
Veteran Jayhawks admitted playing without Simien was difficult to do.
"It was a tough thing to do," forward Nick Collison said. "We were kind of upset and were wondering how he was doing. We just came out and took care of business. The game really did not have much energy."
"It was tough to focus during the game because he is a big part of our team," said forward Jeff Graves, who could replace Simien in the lineup.
Watson, who made just 10-of-27 shots, led the Kangaroos (1-11) with 27 points.
"Some fouls I think should have gone our way but didn't," Watson said. "In the first half, I just missed a couple of shots I should have made. I had some good looks."
Kansas raced to an 8-3 lead but two free throws by the Kangaroos' James Williams 4:06 into the contest got Missouri-Kansas City within 12-8. Simien fed Hinrich for a three-point play just under two minutes later, igniting a 16-0 burst.
Hinrich had six points and Collison and Keith Langford four apiece in the spurt.
A basket by Graves, who replaced Simien, pushed the lead to 34-10 with 7:16 left in the half. Graves then made 1-of-2 from the line with two seconds left in the half, giving the Jayhawks a 44-17 lead at the half.
The Jayhawks held a 22-6 edge in points in the paint and outscored the Kangaroos 11-0 on second-chance points over the opening 20 minutes.
Any chance Missouri-Kansas City had of getting back into the contest evaporated when Kansas opened the second half with a 7-2 run.
The lead got to 56 late in the contest and Kansas has outscored its last two opponents by an aggregate score of 202-96.
"Kansas is a great club," James Williams said. "We just have to learn from this experience. I wasn't intimidated. This is what I dreamed of, playing a KU. It is something I have wanted to do since I was a kid."
"We outmanned them and we are a little more gifted then they are," Roy Williams said. "I think that a workman-like effort is the best thing to say about it."
Hinrich was 10-of-12 from the field, including 7-of-8 from 3-point range, in 25 minutes.
Thirteen Jayhawks saw time with seven logging at least 17 minutes.