NO. 2 KANSAS 86 IONA 66
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Perry Ellis scored 21 points, freshman Joel Embiid had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a breakout performance, and No. 2 Kansas used a big late run to bury Iona on Tuesday night.
Andrew Wiggins added 13 points and Naadir Tharpe had 10 assists for the Jayhawks (3-0), who got off to a sluggish start after their high-profile triumph over Duke last week.
The Gaels (1-2), using a maddening 2-2-1 zone and pouring in 3-pointers, managed to hang within single digits until midway through the second half. That’s when Kansas went on a 19-4 surge fueled by its freshmen to finally put the game away.
A.J. English scored 21 points for Iona, and David Laury added 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out. Sean Armand added 14 points, hitting three 3-pointers to move within three of matching the school’s career record of 263.
NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 87 HARTFORD 48
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Louisville to the win in the Hall of Fame Tipoff.
Russ Smith added 14 points as the Cardinals (4-0) extended their winning streak to 20 games dating to last season’s run to the national title. Chris Jones and reserve Chane Behanan added 11 points apiece.
Louisville shot 50 percent from the field, outrebounded Hartford 35-29 and forced 25 turnovers.
Mark Nwakamma scored 16 points for the Hawks (2-3), and reserve Yasin Kolo finished with 12.
NO. 4 KENTUCKY 105 UT ARLINGTON 76
LEXINGTON, Ky. — James Young scored 26 points, Julius Randle had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Kentucky cruised to the victory.
Young was 5-for-10 from 3-point range and 8-for-14 from the field overall to provide Kentucky’s third different top scorer in as many games.
Andrew Harrison had 15 points and Marcus Lee scored 10 as Kentucky started an all-rookie lineup for the second consecutive game. Willie Cauley-Stein added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Kentucky (4-1) shot 35 of 69 (51 percent) to win its inaugural matchup against UTA (2-3). The Wildcats also earned their second consecutive win since losing to Michigan State a week ago as the top-ranked team.
Brandon Edwards had 24 points for the Mavericks, who were outrebounded 46-34.
NO. 6 DUKE 83 EAST CAROLINA 74
DURHAM, N.C. — Rodney Hood scored a career-high 30 points to help Duke get the win in the NIT Season Tipoff.
Freshman Jabari Parker had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (4-1), who survived a tougher-than-expected fight from the underdog Pirates to improve to 24-2 all-time in the early season tournament.
Duke led by a single point with about 7 minutes left but stayed in front and did enough in the final 2½ minutes to turn away East Carolina (4-1).
The Blue Devils advanced to next week’s semifinals in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
NO. 7 OKLA. ST. 101 NO. 11 MEMPHIS 80
STILLWATER, Okla. — Marcus Smart scored a career-high 39 points and Oklahoma State raced past Memphis for a win in a one-sided matchup of top teams.
Smart, who bypassed the NBA Draft after last season’s early exit from the NCAA Tournament, had 26 points in the first half and finished with five 3-pointers.
The sophomore was 11 of 21 from the floor – easily topping his previous career high of 28 points, which he set last season against Oklahoma.
Markel Brown added 20 points and Brian Williams 15 for Oklahoma State.
Nick King had 23 points for Memphis, and Shaq Goodwin finished with 13. The Tigers (1-1) shot 41.2 percent (28 of 68).
NO. 12 WISCONSIN 103 NORTH DAKOTA 85
MADISON, Wis. — Frank Kaminsky scored a school-record 43 points, and No. 12 Wisconsin shot a blistering 59 percent from the field to beat pesky North Dakota.
Kaminsky, a junior who became a starter this season, got the record with about a minute left after driving the lane and splitting two defenders for an easy layup.
Sam Dekker added 19 for the Badgers (4-0), who overcame a career-high 37 points – 26 in the first half – from athletic sharpshooter Troy Huff. Kaminsky’s dunk helped Wisconsin gradually turn its 10-point halftime lead into a 76-59 advantage on North Dakota (1-1) with 10:32 left.
The Badgers came out victorious after Kaminsky and Huff traded buckets much of the night. Kaminsky finished 16 of 19 shooting, hitting all six of his 3s.
Huff was 15 of 22 from the field, and added nine rebounds.
WOMEN NO. 8 MARYLAND 87 G. WASHINGTON 51
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alyssa Thomas had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland never trailed in an 87-51 rout of poor-shooting George Washington on Tuesday night.
Coming off a disappointing 17-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut, the Terrapins (3-1) dominated the first meeting between these crosstown schools since 2006.
Thomas had a double-double by halftime and fueled a 17-5 run that put Maryland up 42-22 at the break.
Early in the second half, a follow-shot by Thomas capped an 8-0 spurt that made it 52-25 with 15:57 remaining. Megan Nipe led George Washington (2-1) with 13 points on 6-for-19 shooting.