With Keith Appling, Gary Harris, and Adreian Payne all scoring in double figures for No. 2 Michigan State, Branden Dawson came up with the biggest basket, tipping in a miss with less than six seconds left to give the Spartans a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Kentucky Tuesday night in Chicago.
James Young missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Spartans erupted in delight, with Harris holding up his index finger.
It was the earliest meeting of 1 vs. 2, and the first since 2008, and the matchup did not disappoint for many who see it as a sneak preview of the Final Four. Julius Randle had 23 of his 27 points in the second half, as the Wildcats (2-1) erased a 13-point deficit. But they couldn’t overcome their troubles at the free throw line, going a dismal 20 of 36.
Louisville 97, Hofstra 69 —
The senior guard shot 12 of 22 from the field including 5 of 12 from beyond the arc. Wayne Blackshear made three straight 3s for 9 points to help Louisville break the game open with a 26-2 second-half run. Luke Hancock returned from an Achilles’ injury to hit a couple from long range as well as the Cardinals finished 12 of 31 from deep.
Kansas 94, Duke 83 — Andrew Wiggins scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, outplaying Jabari Parker down the stretch and helping the No. 5 Jayhawks knock off fourth-ranked Duke in Chicago.
Parker, a former prep star at nearby Simeon High School, had 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals in a spectacular homecoming. But it was his fellow freshman star that made the biggest plays in the final minutes of a taut thriller between two storied programs.
Wiggins drained a stepback jumper to give the Jayhawks an 85-81 lead with 1:33 to go, and then had a fast-break dunk after a steal by Perry Ellis. Wiggins held his arms out and yelled after the big jam.
Michigan 93, So. Carolina St. 59 — Caris LeVert made his first five 3-point attempts, and No. 7 Michigan had a terrific night from beyond the arc, breezing to a victory over South Carolina State in Ann Arbor.
LeVert finished with 24 points, going 6 of 7 from long distance. Nik Stauskas added 23 points — he was 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Both sophomores set career highs in scoring.
Oklahoma St. 93, Utah Valley 40 —
Syracuse 89, Fordham 74 — C.J. Fair scored a career-high 26 points, Jerami Grant added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 9 Orange beat visiting Fordham.
Ohio St. 79, Ohio 69 — Aaron Craft scored 18 points — including eight free throws down the stretch — to help the No. 10 Buckeyes hold off neighboring rival Ohio in Columbus. Amir Williams had a career-high 14 points, reserve Sam Thompson had 12 and LaQuinton Ross added 10 for the Buckeyes (2-0).
Wisconsin 59, Florida 53 — Sam Dekker scored 16 points, Traevon Jackson added 13, and No. 20 Wisconsin overcame a sloppy start to hold off the No. 11 Gators in its home opener.
VCU 59, Virginia 56 — Treveon Graham scored 22 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds to play, and No. 14 VCU beat No. 25 Virginia in front of a sellout crowd at John Paul Jones Arena. The Rams (2-0) trailed for almost all of the final 10 minutes until Graham’s steal and baseline jumper gave them a 56-55 lead with 1:18 left.
Marquette 114, Grambling St. 71 — Chris Otule scored 17 points and Steve Taylor added 16 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 17 Marquette roll over Grambling State in Milwaukee. The last time Marquette (2-0) reached the century mark came in a 102-77 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 21, 2010
Baylor 66, South Carolina 64 — Brady Heslip scored 18 points with five 3-pointers and No. 23 Baylor held on for a victory over visiting South Carolina without making a field goal in the final seven minutes and having to wait out a lengthy review after the final buzzer before officials determined there wasn’t yet another foul in the game.
UCLA 91, Oakland 60 — Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Tony Parker added 21 as No. 24 UCLA beat visiting Oakland.
Harvard 79, MIT 37 — Wesley Saunders scored 14 points to lead the host Crimson to a commanding victory.
Harvard (2-0) used a 20-0 run to open a 37-11 lead late in the first half on its way to a 41-14 halftime advantage.
Zena Edosomwan scored 13 points off the bench and Kyle Casey added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Crimson. Twelve of the 13 Harvard players that played in the game scored in the blowout win.
The Harvard defense held MIT (0-1) to 27.9 percent from the field. Turnovers were also an issue for MIT, committing 29 compared with seven for the Crimson.
Vermont 77, Siena 66 — Clancy Rugg scored 19 points and hit 11 free throws as the host Catamounts put away Siena.
George Washington 108, Maine 81 — Maurice Creek, a graduate student who played three seasons at Indiana, had 19 points as the Colonials rolled past visiting Maine.
BC 80, Hofstra 63 — Freshman Kelly Hughes scored 19 points and four other Eagles scored in double figures as the visiting Eagles (1-1) dispatched Hofstra (1-1) in nonconference action.
Hughes was 6 for 10 from the floor and had seven rebounds. Senior Kristen Doherty contributed 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.
Junior Lauren Engeln chipped in 14 points while senior Katie Zenevitch had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Sophomore Nicole Boudreau had 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
UNH 4, Brown 2 — Kevin Goumas and Nick Sorkin each scored a goal and an assist to lead the Wildcats as they extended their win streak to three games with a nonconference win in Durham, N.H. UNH (4-5-1), which launched 41 shots at Brown goalie Marco DelFilippo, had 10 players record at least one point.