INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dakari Johnson scored 11 points, Andrew Harrison had 10 and No. 1 Kentucky used a dominant defense to blow out No. 4 Kansas 72-40 in Tuesday’s State Farm Champions Classic.
Offensively, the Wildcats (3-0) were off, shooting just 43.1 percent from the field. Yet a stingy defense never gave the Jayhawks (1-1) a chance.
No. 4 Duke 81,
No. 19 Michigan St. 71
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Quinn Cook scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor had 17 to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 19 Michigan State 81-71 in Tuesday’s State Farm Champions Classic.
The Blue Devils (3-0) have won each game this season by double digits.
Michigan State was led by Brendan Dawson with 18 points and Travis Trice with 15. But the Spartans (1-1) couldn’t get enough stops and struggled to contain Okafor, the nation’s top freshman who didn’t disappoint in one of the premier early-season showcases.
No. 9 Virginia 75,
South Carolina State 55
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon and Justin Anderson scored 17 points each and No. 9 Virginia closed the first half on a 22-6 run and beat South Carolina State.
It was the 13th consecutive victory at home for Virginia (3-0), which has coasted in each of its first three games. A big halftime margin once again allowed coach Tony Bennett to substitute liberally and experiment with his lineup for much off the second half.
No. 11 Wichita State 71, Memphis 56
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Ron Baker scored 21 points to lead No. 11 Wichita State to a win over Memphis, pushing the Shockers regular-season win streak to a nation-leading 33 games.
No. 15 VCU 87,
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth pulled away in the final three minutes to register a hard-fought victory over Toledo.
Senior Treveon Graham and junior Melvin Johnson each scored 22 points to lead the Rams (2-0), who finally took control of the game with nine unanswered points down the stretch.
No. 16 San Diego State 53, No. 25 Utah 49
SAN DIEGO (AP) — JJ O’Brien had a strong second half and finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, helping San Diego State to a victory against Utah in a matinee between cold-shooting teams that had a crazy final 47 seconds.
No. 20 Ohio State 74, Marquette 63
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kam Williams scored 15 points and Shannon Scott added a career-best 14 assists to lead Ohio State past Marquette.
Amir Williams had 12 points and Marc Loving scored 10 for the Buckeyes (2-0), who shot 65 percent from the field (32 of 49) — including 8 of 15 on 3-pointers.
No. 21 Nebraska 82, Central Arkansas 56
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Terran Petteway scored 23 points, Shavon Shields added 16 and Nebraska shook off a sloppy first half to beat Central Arkansas.
Tai Webster had 11 of his 13 points in the second half for the Cornhuskers (2-0), who turned the game into a rout after leading their opponent from the Southland Conference by only five points shortly after halftime.