GAME OF THE NIGHT:
Frank Mason hit a 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining to give the Jayhawks the victory over the nation’s top-ranked team and avoid an 0-2 start for the Jayhawks. The Blue Devils were without Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, but Luke Kennard came through with 22 points while Grayson Allen struggled to the tune of 4 of 15 shooting (1 of 7 from deep) and 12 points. Mason had 21 points while Kansas freshman Josh Jackson had 15.
Baylor 66, No. 4 Oregon 49: This one says a lot more about the Bears than the Ducks, who were without the injured Dillon Brooks. But with big performances from Johnathan Motley, Manu Lecomte and Jo Lual-Acuil, Baylor announced itself as a player in the Big 12.
No. 2 Kentucky 69, No. 13 Michigan State 48: In a battle of teams relying heavily on freshmen, the Wildcats came out on top. Michigan State’s top freshman, Miles Bridges, struggled to score, going 2 of 11 from the floor while the rest of the Spartans couldn’t get going either. Isaiah Briscoe scored 21 points for Kentucky, but it was Malik Monk’s 7 of 11 3-point shooting and 23 points that stole the show.
No. 23 Creighton 79, No. 9 Wisconsin 67: It was a resounding win for the Bluejays, who showed they’ll be a contender in the Big East, while the Badgers showed some flaws. The Creighton backcourt of Maurice Watson, Jr. and Marcus Foster was as good as advertised while Khyri Thomas and Justin Patton were huge as well. Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig combined to go 14 of 32 from the floor for the Badgers.
Maryland 76, Georgetown 75: The Hoyas had this one won. Until they didn’t. The Terps came back from seven down with under 90 seconds to play to shock Georgetown in their own building – and celebrate there, too. Melo Trimble scored 22 points for the Terps.
Jaylin Airington, CSU Bakersfield: Scored 31 points on 10 of 25 shooting in a loss to Arizona.
Rawle Alkins, Arizona: Tallied 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting – including a 4 of 6 from deep – while also grabbing four rebounds for a depleted Arizona squad.
Manu Lecomte, Baylor: One of the biggest questions surrounding the Bears this season was how they’d fill the point guard position, and the early returns suggest Lecomte, a Miami transfer, will be able to fill that roll perfectly. Against No. 4 Oregon, Lecomte had 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Ray Bowles and Sami Eleraky, Green Bay: The Phoenix pair both had a double-double with Bowles scoring 10 and grabbing 11 rebounds and Eleraky also scoring 10 and grabbing 10 boards.
Jalen Ross, Hartford: Scored 35 points to help Hartford to an 82-78 overtime win early Tuesday morning.
Franko House, Ball State: Twenty-one points and 14 rebounds is impressive, even if it comes in an overtime loss to Indiana State.
Antonio Blakeney, LSU: Recorded 26 points, six assists and five rebounds in a win over Southern Miss.
- No. 13 North Carolina had four players in double figures as the Tar Heels defeated Long Beach State, 93-67. Joel Berry had 23 points and Justin Jackson had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- Only one player scored in double-figures, but that didn’t stop No. 8 Virginia from routing St. Francis Brooklyn, 72-32. St. Francis shot just 22.9 percent from the floor against the Cavaliers’ stout defense.
- Syracuse shot 57.9 percent from the floor and 52.0 percent from 3-point range to dismantle Holy Cross, 90-46. Andrew White had 19 points and Tyler Lydon 17 for the Orange.
- Tenth-ranked Arizona downed Cal State Bakersfield, 78-66, despite being wihtout Kadeem Allen, who sat out with a knee sprain. Lauri Markkanen had 26 points and eight rebounds to power the Wildcats.
- PJ Dozier hit a shot at the buzzer to give South Carolina a 70-69 victory over Monmouth. Sindarius Thornwell had 23 for the Gamecocks while Chris Brady had 17 for the Hawks.
- Gibson Johnson scored with 6.3 seconds remaining to give Hawaii a 64-63 win over FAU.
- Keon Johnson and Joshua Davenport both scored 22 points as Winthrop beat Manhattan, 94-81
- Dayton defeated Alabama, 77-72, but may have lost Josh Cunningham to an injury
- Florida State routed Iona, 99-78, getting 20 points from Jonathan Isaac. Sam Cassell, Jr. had 28 for the Gaels.
- George Washington used a late 14-0 run to come from behind and defeat Siena, 77-75.
- Joshua Braun scored 25 but it wasn’t enough as Grand Canyon lost to Penn State, 85-76. Lamar Stevens had 19 for the Nittany Lions
- Six Vols scored at least 10 points as Tennessee held off Appalachian State, 103-94.
- Zach Smith had 11 points and 11 boards as Texas Tech routed North Texas, 70-43.