No. 9 Duke 75, No. 3 Kentucky 68
Seth Curry scored 23 points and No. 9 Duke held off a furious comeback by No. 3 Kentucky, beating the defending national champions Tuesday night in the first matchup between the storied programs since 2001. Duke (1-1) appeared to be in control, even with Mason Plumlee on the bench in foul trouble. The Blue Devils ripped off a 13-3 run, capped by Rasheed Sulaimon’s 3-pointer that made it 58-44 with 9½ minutes remaining. But Kentucky (1-1) wasn’t done, rallying like the defending champ even though this is essentially a whole new team. The Wildcats outscored Duke 17-6 over the next six minutes and actually had a chance to tie it. Julius Mays missed a 3-pointer with the Blue Devils clinging to a 64-61 lead. Curry made sure youthful Kentucky didn’t get any closer. He schooled freshman guard Archie Goodwin on a drive that essentially clinched the win.
No. 5 Michigan 77, Cleveland State 44
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and six rebounds, and No. 5 Michigan advanced to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off with a victory over visiting Cleveland State. It was the third straight victory by at least 30 points for the Wolverines (3-0), who shot 51 percent from the field against a Cleveland State (2-1) team coming off an overtime win the day before. Nik Stauskas scored 15 points and Trey Burke added 12 points and seven assists for Michigan.
No. 21 Michigan State 67, No. 7 Kansas 64
Keith Appling scored 19 points and took command down the stretch, scoring off a brilliant drive with 13.5 seconds left that carried No. 21 Michigan State to an upset of No. 7 Kansas. The Spartans (1-1) rebounded from a season-opening loss on the other side of the Atlantic to Connecticut. They kept up their road show with a doubleheader at the Georgia Dome — site of this season’s Final Four — featuring four of the nation’s best teams. Gary Harris scored 18 points, including back-to-back baskets that sparked an 8-0 run.
No. 14 Missouri 91, Alcorn State 54
Phil Pressey scored 21 points and Laurence Bowers added 14 — all in the second half — to help No. 14 Missouri rout visiting Alcorn State. After a rough first half, the Tigers (2-0) pulled away from the Braves. Missouri made just nine of its 39 attempts before the break and held a seven-point halftime advantage thanks to Pressey’s deep 3-pointer with three seconds left. Bowers hit three 3-pointers in the second half to help Missouri take command. The Tigers used an 18-3 run after the half to blow the game open. LeAntwan Luckett scored 14 points and Anthony Nieves added 13 for Alcorn State (1-1), which struggled from poor shooting of its own.
No. 23 Connecticut 67, Vermont 49
Shabazz Napier scored 13 points and freshman Omar Calhoun added 12 to lead No. 23 Connecticut to a win over visiting Vermont. Holy Cross transfer R.J. Evans added 11 points and Tyler Olander had nine points and nine rebounds for UConn (2-0), which was playing its home opener after returning from Germany and an upset win over Michigan State last Friday in the Armed Forces Classic. Luke Apfeld led Vermont (1-1) with nine points.
No. 24 Cincinnati 102, Mississippi Valley State 60
Sean Kilpatrick scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and Cheikh Mbodj had four of Cincinnati’s seven blocks, leading the 24th-ranked Bearcats to a victory over visiting Mississippi Valley State. The Bearcats (2-0) took control with a 23-4 run in the first half that featured a pair of 3-pointers by Cashmere Wright. The point guard had all of his 11 points and three assists in the take-control half. JaQuon Parker added 13 points for the Bearcats, who shot 53.7 percent and dominated the boards 51-25. Davon Usher and Darryl Marshall scored 13 points apiece for MVSU (0-2), which has an all-new team. The Delta Devils returned one player — reserve Blake Ralling — from a team that won the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles last season.