LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- An early lecture by coach Roy Williams eventually paid off for 14th-ranked Kansas.
Kirk Hinrich scored 28 points as the Jayhawks found their stride after a slow start and coasted to a 92-59 victory over Nebraska that extended their Big 12 Conference regular season winning streak to 22 games.
Kansas (11-3, 2-0 Big 12) was lethargic in the first few minutes, prompting Williams to substitute freely and yell at his team before the capacity crowd of 16,300.
"I don't think anybody that was a Kansas fan was happy at that time," Williams said. "I don't think we came out focused and I didn't think that we came out ready to play. They started in a zone and were just content to shoot it up from the outside. We didn't get the basketball inside at all." Hinrich apparently took the lecture to heart, scoring 19 of his points in the first half to help the Jayhawks take a 40-28 lead at intermission.
"When I put the starters back in, it still wasn't pretty or anything," Williams said. "About the last eight or nine minutes of the first half, we played very, very well."
Hinrich had a pair of free throws that began an 18-9 run that closed the fist half. Hinrich scored the Jayhawks' final seven points before the break.
The Jayhawks had to rally from a 12-point deficit to defeat Nebraska in Lincoln last season, but there was no major scare on Saturday. Any chance of a comeback ended with an 18-3 spurt by Kansas to open the second half. The spurt ended with a dunk by Collison, who finished with 10 points.
Keith Langford added 18 points and Jeff Graves added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Jayhawks, who made 22-of-25 free throw attempts. Graves is starting for the injured Wayne Simien.
"It took us a while to get going today," Collison said. "Hopefully that won't happen anymore."
The Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-1), playing their conference opener, have lost eight straight and 17 of their last 19 games to the Jayhawks. Nate Johnson and Brian Conklin were the leading scorers for Nebraska with 12 points each.
"Instead of taking it the way we should have, we put our heads down and didn't get back in the game," Johnson said. "They attacked us when they saw us weak."
Nebraska had won three straight against lesser opponents - beating Eastern Washington, Denver and Lipscomb - but were no match for the Jayhawks.