LAWRENCE, Kansas (Ticker) -- Kirk Hinrich scored 23 points and Nick Collison added 15 and 12 rebounds as seventh-ranked Kansas recorded its eighth win in as many all-time meetings with Texas A&M, coasting to an 85-45 rout in a Big 12 Conference mismatch.
Kansas (21-6, 11-2 Big 12) recorded the biggest winning margin in its all-time series with Texas A&M. The Jayhawks' previous best was a 38-point victory on January 2, 1999.
"We caught A&M on a night when things weren't going right for them," Jayhawks coach Roy Williams said. "At the same time, I was very pleased with our defense. ... It was the first time this year I had said (focus on defense) to the team. I think they took it to heart."
The Jayhawks matched the fewest points allowed in a game during the Williams era. They also yielded 45 against Colorado on February 15, 1992.
Hinrich moved past Jeff Boschee and into 10th place on the Jayhawks all-time scoring list.
Collison had nine points and eight boards during the game-opening surge as Kansas bounced back from having a seven-game winning streak snapped on Sunday against Oklahoma.
"We really wanted to emphasize defensive pressure and let that pressure dictate our offense," Collison said. "We just need to keep playing hard."
Hinrich hit a jumper and a layup before Jeff Hawkins nailed a 3-pointer with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half to open a commanding 31-9 lead for the Jayhawks.
The win gave Kansas sole possession of first place in the Big 12, one game ahead of Oklahoma and Texas.
A senior forward, Collison became the fourth player in Kansas history to register 1,000 career rebounds.
Keith Langford contributed 18 points and fellow guard Aaron Miles chipped in 10 points and 10 assists.
Miles moved past Mark Turgeon and into eighth place on the Jayhawks all-time assists list.
"I think we were really good on offensively," Williams said. "We took good shots, made shots. We were able to get the ball away from them and run the ball down the other end on the break."
Jayhawks forward Wayne Simien was on the court for just one minute as he continued to have trouble with his right shoulder. The 6-9 sophomore dislocated it on January 4, forcing him to miss 11 games.
"I will say this is probably the most serious tweak that he has had since this happened," Williams said. "He wants to play and he's helped us a great deal. He's gotten a great deal of admiration from everybody because of how tough he is."
Leandro Garcia-Morales returned from an ankle injury and led the way with nine points for Texas A&M (13-11, 5-8). But the Aggies dropped their sixth straight conference road game.
"They are one of the best teams in the country at taking advantage of your missed opportunities, and we had plenty of missed opportunities today," Aggies coach Melvin Watkins said.
In a showdown between the top two scorers in Big 12 Conference history, Texas A&M guard Bernard King tallied just five points on 1-of-7 shooting and committed five turnovers. Collison hit 6-of-11 from the floor.
The Jayhawks have won 18 straight Big 12 home games since a 79-77 loss to Iowa State on February 5, 2001.