LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- With Kansas players dropping out left and right, senior guard Aaron Miles provided steady play down the stretch to end a historic streak.
Miles made two free throws with 18 seconds remaining and J.R. Giddens added a pair in the closing moments as second-ranked Kansas earned its first victory in eight trips here with a 65-59 victory over No. 8 Kentucky.
Already playing without injured leading scorer and rebounder Wayne Simien for the third straight game, the Jayhawks lost numerous players in the final six minutes due to both fouls and injuries.
With Kansas (11-0) leading 52-44 with 5:20 remaining, Simien's replacement, C.J. Giles, fouled out with 10 points. The Wildcats then put together a 9-0 run behind five points by Ravi Moss to take a 53-52 lead with 3:53 left.
Miles responded with a driving layup, but the Jayhawks lost second-leading scorer Keith Langford on their next possession when he was hit in the head driving for a loose ball. Langford, who went to the locker room with the team doctor before the end of the contest, finished with 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting.
"We don't know yet," said Kansas coach Bill Self about Langford's condition. "He got hit pretty good. I don't know if it showed on TV, but we talk so much about the first one on the floor. It's a loose ball and we're up one and he dives headfirst. He's got a pretty severe concussion. We'll do tests when we get back if we need to, but I don't know what availability he'll have Wednesday."
The Jayhawks, one of only four remaining unbeaten teams in Division I, travels to Iowa State for their second Big 12 Conference game on January 12.
"There was a point where Kentucky had two players on the ground going for the ball and Kansas had two players down," Miles said. "I think that epitomizes what these two programs are about and that's why it's fun to play games like this."
Overall, the nonconference matchup featured two teams that have combined for more than 3,700 victories. Kentucky ranks first on the all-time wins list with 1,886 and Kansas is third with 1,835.
Kansas also lost junior forward Christian Moody with an ankle sprain before Michael Lee hit his only field goal of the contest - a 3-pointer - with 28 seconds left for a 61-56 cushion. Moss answered with a shot from the arc for Kentucky, which then fouled Miles after he broke through its full-court press.
"I made a joke after the game and said, 'That's how you run a pick-and-roll right there.' (Kentucky) defended it well," Self said of the play leading up to Lee's 3-pointer. "They switched and we knew they would. Aaron said, 'Give me the ball.' He didn't handle it very well, but he had the presence of mind to pass the ball to Mike. That was the biggest offensive possession of the game."
"It was a combination of discipline and not being in the right place," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "We knew they were a team that takes you off the dribble and off screens and we had some major breakdowns. That's something we've had problems with all year. The rebounding, I thought we did some good things there. But the fouling part, we just started reaching."
Patrick Sparks and Rajon Rondo both missed a 3-point attempt in the final 11 seconds for the Wildcats (10-2), who had an 11-game home winning streak against ranked opponents broken.
"We didn't play well," Sparks said. "We just got beat. It was a bad experience for the whole team. I think we took tough shots. We should've been more disciplined in taking our shots but even at that we missed shots."
Miles made 3-of-4 free throws to finish with five points and Moody scored 11 for the Jayhawks, who were plagued by 21 turnovers before winning their first road game of the season.
"We played with great poise," Self said. "Our freshmen came through. Moody came through, and that's the big thing. We've said all along, 'Before we can be good, we've got to have some other guys come through other than Keith (Langford) and Wayne (Simien) and Aaron (Miles).' Certainly, that was the case today."
Kelenna Azubuike scored 12 points and Sparks and Bobby Perry had 10 for Kentucky, which absorbed the loss in front of a crowd of 24,459 - the second-largest total in Rupp Arena history.
"I think it's great for the fans," said Smith about the magnitude of the January game. "It will help us understand, make our players appreciate and learn how hard they need have to play.
"When you play a team that's higher ranked, certainly it's going to help your power rating, win or lose. This is a tough time to step outside of conference play and play a team of this caliber. We have to use it as a learning tool and use the positive things we did here."