No. 2 Kentucky tops No. 5 Duke
CHICAGO — Tyler Ulis scampered up and down the court. Jamal Murray muscled his way to the basket. Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress finished with authority.
Another year, another impressive bunch of Kentucky Wildcats.
Ulis had 18 points and six assists, and No. 2 Kentucky used its speed and athleticism to pull away from No. 5 Duke for a 74-63 victory in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.
"We're going to be trouble in a fast-paced game like this," Ulis said. "Whoever gets the rebound ... they just get out, push it on the break and we're very unselfish with the ball."
Kentucky (3-0) scored 17 points off 16 Duke turnovers and enjoyed an 18-4 advantage in fast-break points. Murray scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, and Isaiah Briscoe added 12 points as the Wildcats placed four players in double figures.
"If we learn to fight every possession, play the guy before he catches the ball, be alert defensively and stay in the stance ... and play off of one another, we're going to be really good," coach John Calipari said. "If we don't, we'll be an average team."
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.
"This is a very athletic, physical team," Allen said. "I think the bigs were a lot taller than the teams that we've played so far. They did a great job of rotating over. The guards did a great job at pressuring the ball. They played a great team-defensive game today."
Spurred on by a pro-Kentucky crowd, the Wildcats grabbed control with a 10-2 run early in the second half.
No. 3 MARYLAND 75, GEORGETOWN 71: At College Park, Md., 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.
No. 13 MICHIGAN STATE 79, No. 4 KANSAS 73: At Chicago, Denzel Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists and the senior guard took over the game for Michigan State in the second half at the Champions Classic. Kansas (1-1) had a 13-point lead twice in the first half.
No. 8 OKLAHOMA 84, MEMPHIS 78: At Memphis, Tenn., Buddy Hield scored 30 points for Oklahoma in its 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. It was Sooners' first victory over Memphis in seven tries.
TULSA 77, No. 9 WICHITA STATE 67: At Tulsa, Okla., Shaquille Harrison scored 20 points and Marquel Curtis added 16 to help Tulsa upset Wichita State, overcoming three years of frustration against the Shockers, who had won a school record seven straight in the long-running series. The Shockers (1-1) were led by Ron Baker with 23 points.
No. 11 VILLANOVA 87, NEBRASKA 63: At Villanova, Pa., Josh Hart scored 19 points and Daniel Ochefu had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Villanova. Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 points and Phil Booth scored 11 for the Wildcats (2-0), who shot 49.2 percent from the field.
No. 18 NOTRE DAME 86, MILWAUKEE 78: At South Bend, Ind., Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points, and V.J. Beachem tied a career high with 19 while adding a career-best eight rebounds for Notre Dame. The Irish (2-0), who moved up one spot in the poll this week, had all five starters score in double figures.
No. 19 UCONN 85, NEW HAMPSHIRE 66: At Storrs, Conn., Sterling Gibbs scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half for UConn. Rodney Purvis added 20 points for the Huskies (2-0). He and Gibbs each made five of the Huskies 13 3-point baskets.