INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Kentucky did not fall victim to the jinx that has afflicted No. 1 teams early in the season.
Chuck Hayes and Erik Daniels each recorded double-doubles as the top-ranked Wildcats blasted cold-shooting Indiana, 80-41, at the RCA Dome for their 26th regular season victory.
Hayes collected 22 points and 10 rebounds and Daniels added 19 and 10 for Kentucky (6-0), which is the fourth team to be No. 1 in the first month of the season.
The Hoosiers (4-4) were competitive in the first half, only trailing 32-26 at the intermission, but they were outscored 48-15 in the second half.
"We are very pleased with our effort today, especially in the second half," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "In the first half, I thought we were getting outworked and outhustled. There were a lot of turnovers and loose balls."
Indiana (4-4) suffered its second lopsided loss of the season, falling to Wake Forest, 100-67, in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Hoosiers coach Mike Davis dropped to 0-4 against Kentucky and suffered his worst loss during his four seasons at Indiana.
"There is a lot of frustration among the guys right now," Indiana associate coach John Treloar said. "We thought we had learned and grown since the Wake Forest game. At halftime, we were down six against the No. 1 team in the country."
In last season's 70-64 loss to Kentucky, Davis was ejected after charging the referees after a non-call in the final seconds. The Wildcats made f5-of-6 at the line to clinch it.
"We all know coach's background against Kentucky," Treloar added. "He had to go up against them as a player and as a coach. The Kentucky game is a special game for him."
Bracey Wright scored 23 points for Indiana, which shot just 24 percent (15-of-62) from the field, including 17 percent (6-of-36) in the second half.
Wright was 8-of-21 from the floor, one more than the combined total of his teammates. He also hit all six of the Hoosiers' 3-pointers.
Kentucky led by just six at the intermission despite shooting 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field, but the Wildcats pounded the Hoosiers on the boards, outrebounding them, 54-25. Kentucky outscored Indiana in the paint, 48-16.
"I let them know we were disappointed in the way they were playing (in the first half)," Smith said. "I told them that we should have had a comfortable lead, and they responded right away."
The Wildcats committed 13 turnovers in the first half, but Hayes scored back-to-back baskets in a 9-0 run that gave Kentucky a 41-26 lead with 17:45 remaining. Another 9-0 spurt staked the Wildcats to a 54-31 lead just over five minutes later.
"The second half, we had a different attitude and a better effort," Smith added. "I thought Erik Daniels played great. He is very crafty with the ball. I thought it was a good team effort all over."