Nebraska 106, Mississippi Valley State 37: Glynn Watson, Jr. scored 19 points to lead Nebraska, which led by as many as 72, over cold-shooting Mississippi Valley State in Lincoln, Neb.
Newman graduate Noah McCarty tossed in 16 points as NIU pulled away from Rockford after the Regents had gotten to within 16 points early in the second half.
After Kansas was in control for most of the game, the Spartans frantically trimmed a 10-point deficit to 90-87 with 34 seconds left. Udoka Azubuike finished with 17 points.
KU ended the game with 21 assists on its 31 made field goals. Also, he showed off his knack for knocking down contested shots around the basket, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and ending with seven points and four rebounds.
That's why the ease of Duke's effort in the Champions Classic should terrify the college basketball landscape. "This was good for us". How many times did we have numbers and it led to transition points for them? The Jayhawks hadn't played a ranked team on opening night since beating No. 8 Utah 79-68 in November 1995. David (McCormack), off the bench, in the first half, was terrific.
Self was hopeful Grimes and Dotson would reward his decision to insert both into the season's first starting lineup, though he took a see-it-to-believe-it approach with the backcourt duo.
"I said in one of the huddles, 'You guys thought this was going to be easy.' I haven't had many of these games, but I've had a few, and the most you learn from it is they wanted it more than we wanted it", Calipari said. When he answered Self, the coach responded by asking how Dotson can be an extension "if you don't believe what I think is important?" "We know what we have". Not only can he defend players who are physically more imposing than him, he possesses the speed to keep up with smaller players and utilise his size on offense.
Michigan State was led by Joshua Langford with 18 points and Kenny Goins, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds. A lot of it was overtrying too. Both players still have a chance to be success stories in the National Basketball Association, especially if they can both overcome their defensive woes. "Q (Quentin Grimes) was fabulous". We gave up 51 in the second half, so he was pretty intense about that.
"We really do care", Travis said. "There's probably going to be some emphasis on defense at practice, just staying focused and guarding those shooters".
But, on the first night of the season, the young Blue Devils (1-0) looked like the best team in the country and left Kentucky (0-1) wondering what just happened. I don't care if we won by one point, as long as we won. "Once Coach (Self) went over the game plan, we kind of settled down a little bit".