No. 2 Michigan State 78, No. 1 Kentucky 74: Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne all scored in double figures, but Branden Dawson came up with the biggest basket for Michigan State, tipping in a miss with less than six seconds left to give the Spartans the victory over Kentucky last night in Chicago.
It was the earliest meeting of No. 1 vs. 2, and the first since 2008, and the matchup did not disappoint. Julius Randle had 23 of his 27 points in the second half to help the Wildcats (2-1) erase a 13-point deficit, but they couldn’t overcome a 20-of-36 effort at the free-throw line.
Appling had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Spartans (2-0). Harris scored 20 points and Payne 15.
No. 5 Kansas 94, No. 4 Duke 83: Andrew Wiggins scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, outplaying fellow heralded freshman Jabari Parker down the stretch and helping Kansas (2-0) knock off Duke (1-1) in Chicago.
Parker had a great game, as well, with 27 points, nine rebounds and three steals for the Blue Devils.
No. 7 Michigan 93, South Carolina State 59: Pickerington Central graduate Caris LeVert made his first five three-pointers, part of a terrific night from beyond the arc for host Michigan (2-0).
LeVert finished with 24 points, going 6 of 7 from long distance. The Wolverines were 15 of 28 on three-pointers.
Indiana 73, LIU-Brooklyn 72: Will Sheehey scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and his three-pointer with 1:47 remaining were the go-ahead points for host Indiana (2-0) against Long Island-Brooklyn (1-1).
No. 20 Wisconsin 59, No. 11 Florida 53: Sam Dekker scored 16 points and Westerville South graduate Traevon Jackson added 13 for host Wisconsin (2-0) against Florida (1-1).
Minnesota 84, Montana 58: Andre Hollins scored 24 points, and host Minnesota (2-0) used a 14-0 surge early in the second half to rout Montana (0-1).
Cincinnati 68, North Carolina State 57: Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points, Titus Rubles had 14, and host Cincinnati (2-0) pulled away from North Carolina State (1-1) in the final minutes.