Chicago – — Tyler Ulis had 18 points and six assists, and No. 2 Kentucky used its speed and athleticism to hold off No. 5 Duke for a 74-63 victory in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.
Kentucky forced 16 turnovers and outscored Duke 18-4 in fast-break points. Jamal Murray scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, and Isiah Briscoe added 12 points as the Wildcats (3-0) placed four players in double figures.
Amile Jefferson led the Blue Devils (2-1) with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Marshall Plumlee finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Grayson Allen, who scored 54 points in Duke’s first two games, was held to six points on 2-for-11 shooting. He got his first basket on a 3-pointer from the corner with 12:08 left in the second half.
Spurred on by a pro-Kentucky crowd, the Wildcats grabbed control with a 10-2 run early in the second half. Murray kicked it off with a layup and a dunk, and Skal Labisserie’s layup made it 49-38 with 14:48 left.
John Calipari’s team was never really challenged again. The Wildcats opened their biggest lead of the game when Ulis converted a layup to make it 71-55 with 4:09 to go.
Marcus Lee had 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for Kentucky, and Alex Poythress finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
Matt Jones made three 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for Duke, which shot 40.7 percent from the field, compared with 44.8 percent for Kentucky.
The opener of the fifth edition of the Champions Classic featured the defending national champions and another Final Four team in Kentucky. The Wildcats opened last season with 38 consecutive wins before losing to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament, and the Blue Devils beat the Badgers for their fifth title under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
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No. 8 Oklahoma 84, (at) Memphis 78: Buddy Hield scored 30 points in the Sooners’ season-opening game. Oklahoma returned four starters off last season’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team that finished 24-11 and Hield is a preseason All-American.
This was the Sooners’ first victory over Memphis in seven tries and it wasn’t easy as the Tigers were up 76-75 with 1:38 to go.
A dunk from forward Ryan Spangler, who finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, gave the Sooners a 77-76 lead. A 3-pointer by guard Jordan Woodard made it 80-76 with 38 seconds left. He had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Freshman forward Dedric Lawson led Memphis (1-1) with 22 points and 15 rebounds. The Tigers got 12 points each from guards Markel Crawford and Avery Woodson.
(At) Central Michigan 79, Alma 64: Rayshawn Simmons scored 18 points and dished off eight assists. Playing for second straight game without the services of point guard Chris Fowler, the Chippewas built a 12-point cushion in the first half and cruised home.
John Simons scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Luke Meyer added another 16 points for Central Michigan.
(At) Western Michigan 74, San Diego 42: Tucker Haymond scored 17 and Anthony Avery Jr. had nine points and 12 rebounds. Thomas Wilder scored 13 points and Drake LaMont finished with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists for Western Michigan (1-1). San Diego is 0-2.
(At) Eastern Michigan 94, Hillsdale 77: Cha Sweeney scored 25 and had seven assists, Phillis Webb scored 18 and Janay Morton scored 16 for Eastern (1-0). Kelsey Cromer scored 20 for Hillsdale.
(At) Penn State 68, DePaul 62: Brandon Taylor scored 19 of his 22 in the second half in the Gravitt Tipoff Series. Shep Garner added 7 of his 16 points in the final two minutes to keep the Blue Demons (1-1) at bay in a game the Nittany Lions (2-0) led whistle to whistle.
(At) Wisconsin 78, North Dakota 64: Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ scored 17 points each. Happ also grabbed seven rebounds, five of them on the offensive end.
Vitto Brown scored 12 points, Nigel Hayes had 11 and Zak Showalter 10 for Wisconsin (2-1).
Wisconsin jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never trailed, taking a 35-22 lead into halftime.
The Badgers used a 10-2 run to push their lead to 57-36 with 9:05 left and led by as many as 25.
Geno Crandall came off the bench to lead North Dakota (1-1) with 19 points, while Drick Bernstine added 15.
(At) Ohio State 82, Grambling State 55: Kam Williams scored 22 points as Ohio State coasted. The Buckeyes (2-0) used a 14-0 run to open up a 31-11 lead a little more than 12 minutes into the first half and never looked back.
(At) No. 11 Villanova 87, Nebraska 63: Josh Hart scored 19 points, Daniel Ochefu had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 points and Phil Booth scored 11 for the Wildcats (2-0), who shot 49.2 percent from the field.
The game was part of the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, which pits teams from the Big East against Big Ten squads.
Andrew White led Nebraska (1-1) with 18 points for the second straight game while Shavon Shields and Glynn Watson Jr. scored 12 each.
(At) No. 3 Maryland 75, Georgetown 71: Rasheed Sulaimon hit a 3-pointer with 1:18 left to break a tie, and Maryland got 24 points from Melo Trimble. Maryland (2-0) was stretched to the finish against Georgetown, which led by seven in the second half before wilting. The Hoyas looked much sharper than in their season-opening, double-overtime loss to Radford but fell to 0-2 for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
Wisconsin freshman Andy Van Vliet is ineligible for the 2015-16 season after the NCAA denied the school’s appeal seeking his reinstatement. NCAA officials ruled Nov. 4 the Belgium native was ineligible, but Wisconsin filed a waiver citing “factors outside of Van Vliet’s control.”
... Arkansas State coach John Brady said he will resign at the end of the season.