Badgers rout Panthers


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Frank Kaminsky's goal for the nonconference portion of Wisconsin's schedule was to go undefeated.

His expectation for the rest of the season is a Big Ten title.

Kaminsky left no doubt Saturday about No. 4 Wisconsin's mindset after the Badgers beat Prairie View A&M 80-43 in their last tune up before conference play starts.

"I think you talk to anyone in our locker room, they'll say the same thing," Kaminsky said. "We were so close last year. To not come away with it in the Big Ten tournament left a sour taste in our mouths. We really want it this year, and we're going to do everything we can to get that."

That may have seemed like bold talk heading into the season with Wisconsin needing to replace its entire starting front line after the departures of Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz and Ryan Evans. But Saturdays' win gave Wisconsin (13-0) its best start since the 1913-14 squad went 15-0.

Coach Bo Ryan said he's proud of how the Badgers finished nonconference play, but he was quick to emphasize the task ahead with the Big Ten starts Thursday at Northwestern.

"We also know what happens with the workload now," Ryan said. "It's a lot heavier, a lot tougher."

Playing for the first time in two weeks, the Badgers were a little rusty from 3-point range. But everything else was working as they dominated at the free throw line and on the boards while committing just two turnovers.

Prairie View (2-10) went to a zone defense early, which helped slow down the Badgers somewhat offensively as they shot just 9 of 27 from behind the arc. They averaged making better than 40 percent of their 3s coming in.

But that defensive approach also seemed to open up holes in the Panthers' defense when it came to the glass. Wisconsin outrebounded Prairie View 42-25 while turning 16 offensive rebounds into 19 points.

"Sometimes, a zone will allow that to happen, not that it tries to," Ryan said. "But again, we did have a height advantage, but that doesn't always mean you're going to rebound. But we were opportunistic. We moved our feet. I thought we got in good position to get the misses that were out there."

Prairie View A&M coach Byron Rimm said he thought the Panthers could use their lack of size to drive against the Badgers. But that didn't translate to the free throw line, where they were just 3 of 4 compared to Wisconsin's 21 of 28.

Though the Panthers weren't terribly sloppy with the ball, committing 13 turnovers, Wisconsin turned those mistakes into 17 points. Prairie View only had two points off the Badgers' two turnovers.

"I hate to say it, but it's almost like a glorified practice for us to see if we can get some stuff done," said Rimm, whose team went 1-8 on a nine-game road swing. "We are still trying to win the game, but we've got to be realistic at a game like this."

Montrael Scott scored 14 to lead the Panthers, who return home Jan. 4 to take on Southern in the Panthers' conference opener.

The Badgers opened the game by outscoring Prairie View 23-6 over the first 10 minutes and were never challenged.

Sam Dekker scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his third career double-double, to lead the Badgers, while Ben Brust added 11. Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes each scored 10 points apiece with Kaminsky adding seven rebounds and Hayes three blocks.

Still, it was Hayes' alley oop to Dekker in the second half that had the players buzzing after the game. With the two of them on a fast break, Hayes lofted the ball over a defender and well off the rim to Dekker, who reached back with one hand fully extended to slam it down.

Ryan said he caught "a lot of eyes looking up at the replay thing while we were sitting there at the timeout" that followed the dunk, adding he had no idea how Dekker was able to catch the ball.

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No. 2 SYRACUSE 78,


SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17, rallying No. 2 Syracuse past No. 8 Villanova 78-62 in a game between two of nine unbeaten teams left in Division I.

Syracuse (12-0) was the third unbeaten ranked team the Wildcats (11-1) had faced this season. Villanova handed then-No. 2 Kansas its first loss of the season a month ago in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis and came back the next night and defeated No. 23 Iowa in overtime.

Villanova dropped to 13-16 against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, the best mark of any team that's played 10 games under the Orange's Teflon roof, and 4-5 since Jay Wright took over as coach of the Wildcats in 2001.

James Bell hit a career-high six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 25 points to lead Villanova before fouling out with 1:42 left.



EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help No. 5 Michigan State pull away and rout New Orleans, 101-48.

The Spartans (11-1) struggled for several minutes before taking control with a 12-0 run midway through the first half. They led 44-27 at halftime and easily added to their comfortable cushion in the second half, finishing with their highest-scoring game since beating Nebraska-Omaha 110-68 two years ago.

The Privateers (3-5) had won two straight, including its previous game at UTEP.

New Orleans' Matt Derenbecker scored 16 and Cory Dixon had 11 points.

Gary Harris scored 19 on 7-of-17 shooting and Adreian Payne had 17 points for the Spartans in their final tuneup before beginning the Big Ten season Tuesday night at Penn State. Michigan State's Denzel Valentine had 10 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and six assists.

The Spartans rested starting forward Branden Dawson because of a shin bruise.

No. 18 KENTUCKY 73,


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky guards Andrew and Harrison combined for 28 points, including 11 during a critical second-half stretch with star Julius Randle sidelined by cramps, helping the 18th-ranked Wildcats beat No. 6 Louisville, 73-66.

Randle's 17 first-half points staked Kentucky (10-3) to a 41-36 halftime lead before the 6-foot-9 forward went to the locker room early in the second with leg cramps. He returned but cramped again and spent the rest of the game on the bench.

The Harrison twins amply filled the void, turning a 52-51 deficit with 11:01 remaining into a 68-58 lead with four minutes left. Andrew Harrison and James each scored 18 points with Young adding a key 3-pointer during the 17-6 run that helped Kentucky beat its in-state archrival for the fifth time in six meetings.

Russ Smith scored 19 points but was just 5 of 10 from the foul line for Louisville (11-2).

No. 9 DUKE 82, E. MICHIGAN 59

DURHAM, N.C. -- Jabari Parker scored 23 points and No. 9 Duke beat Eastern Michigan, 82-59.

Andre Dawkins added 20 points with a season-high six 3-pointers as a late replacement for an ill Rodney Hood in the starting lineup.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 13 points and came up with the key hustle play during the decisive second-half run that helped the Blue Devils (10-2) polish off their fourth straight win.

They shot 40 percent against Eastern Michigan's tough matchup zone defense with 10 3-pointers, built a 47-32 advantage on the boards and wrapped up the pre-ACC home schedule with their 101st straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Mike Talley scored 20 points to lead the Eagles (7-4). They went 6 minutes between field goals during the critical stretch when Duke pulled away.



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Shabazz Napier had 15 points and nine assists to lead No. 15 Connecticut to an 82-65 win over Eastern Washington in a UConn home game played 80 miles from campus.

Napier led a balanced attack in which five Huskies reached double figures. Ryan Boatright had 14 points and Niels Giffey, making his first start this season, added 13 for UConn (11-1).

Tyler Harvey scored 19 points to lead Eastern Washington (5-6), which trailed by just six points midway through the second half. Ognjen Miljkovic added 15 points and Drew Brandon 13 for the Eagles, who took 28 shots from 3-point range and made nine.

The game at the Webster Bank Arena marked the first time the Huskies played in Bridgeport.

No. 17 MEMPHIS 75,


MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Michael Dixon scored 14 points, Shaq Goodwin had 13 points and seven rebounds, and No. 17 Memphis never trailed in a 75-61 victory over Jackson State.

David Pellom had 12 points with all five of his field goals coming off dunks from fast-breaks and rebounds. Joe Jackson scored 11 for Memphis (9-2).

Julysses Nobles led Jackson State (4-8) with 20 points, despite going 6 of 16 from the field.

Brandon West scored 14, connecting on 7 of 10 shots and was instrumental in keeping Jackson State in the game during the first half.

Memphis led by as many as 19 before the break, then eased to its eighth win in nine games.



AMHERST, Mass. -- Derrick Gordon's put-back with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted 23rd-ranked Massachusetts to a 69-67 victory over Providence on Saturday night.

Gordon grabbed the rebound after a 3-point attempt by Trey Davis came up short. The Friars' Bryce Cotton had tied the score at 67 after connecting from beyond the arc with 37 seconds remaining in the extra session.

Cady Lalanne led UMass (11-1) with 14 points and 11 rebounds with Davis and Sampson Carter each scoring 12 points. Senior point guard Chaz Williams finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 1:36 remaining in regulation.

Cotton finished with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists for Providence (10-3). Tyler Harris had 16 points and nine rebounds, and LaDontae Henton added 13 points and seven rebounds.



CINCINNATI -- Justin Jackson had his third straight double-double, and Cincinnati used its free-throw shooting and defense to overcome a poor shooting game by top scorer Sean Kilpatrick, pulling away to a 74-59 victory over Nebraska.

The Bearcats (11-2) have won four in a row since back-to-back losses to New Mexico and Xavier.

Jackson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Freshman Kevin Johnson had a career-high 11 points, all in the first half as Cincinnati pulled ahead to stay.

Kilpatrick, who averages 18.9 points per game, went 2 of 13 from the field and missed all of his five shots from behind the arc. He drew fouls and went 17 of 18 from the line. Cincinnati was 25 of 30 overall on free throws.

Terran Petteway scored 22 points and Ray Gallegos matched his season high with 18 points for Nebraska (8-4).


CHICAGO -- Rayvonte Rice led a furious second-half comeback, scoring 28 points as the University of Illinois beat the University of Illinois-Chicago 74-60.

Trailing by 10 at halftime, the Fighting Illini went on an 8-0 run over the first 1:04 of the second half to erase the deficit and seize momentum. Rice scored seven points in 58 seconds a few minutes later to turn a two-point deficit into a five-point lead -- Illinois' first lead of the game.

The junior's left-handed layup at 13:24 tied the game at 53. His layup and 3-pointer on the ensuing possessions put the Illini in the driver's seat.

Rice also had seven rebounds and three assists. He has scored in double-digits every game this season. Tracy Abrams scored 16, and Joseph Bertrand added 14 for Illinois (11-2), which has won four of its last five.

UIC senior Kelsey Barlow led the Flames (5-9) with 21 points


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Glenn Robinson III scored a career-best 23 points and Michigan finished its preconference schedule with an 88-66 victory over Holy Cross.

Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert each added 16 for the Wolverines (8-4), who won their second straight and pushed their winning streak over unranked opponents at Crisler Center to 20 games.

The Crusaders (6-6) stayed close for much of the first half but Michigan pulled away by outscoring its guests 11-4 in the final four minutes and led 42-30 at intermission.

Dave Dudzinski scored 17 points and Justin Burrell added 14 for Holy Cross, which has lost three of its last four games.



TOLEDO -- Rian Pearson scored 22 points and Toledo beat Coppin State 85-66 to win its 12th straight, matching its best season start since 1966-67.

Justin Drummond opened the game with a 3-pointer for Toledo (12-0) and the Rockets never trailed, taking a 44-24 lead into halftime on a 16-2 run. Pearson scored 15 in the half and Toledo outshot Coppin State (4-8) 51.6 percent (16 of 31) to 33.3 percent (10 of 30).

Coppin State stiffened in the second half, cashing in on turnovers to cut Toledo's lead to 13 at 4:59 on a jumper by Daquan Brickhouse. But Toledo let the Eagles get no closer, pulling away by 20 at 2:06 on a 3-pointer by Julius Brown.

Brown finished with 18, Drummond with 13, Matt Smith added 10 and Jordan Lauf grabbed 10 rebounds.

Andre Armstrong led the Eagles with 15 and Arnold Fripp added 11.


COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brenton Williams scored a season-high 24 points to lead South Carolina to a 78-42 rout of Akron in their second-straight game since Christmas Day, when they beat them 69-59 at the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

The senior guard connected on 6 of 8 3-point attempts for his third-straight game in double figures.

The Gamecocks (5-6) blew open a close game with a 17-1 run to open the second half. The Zips (6-5) missed their first six shots of the half and suffered seven turnovers in the first 8 minutes to allow South Carolina to race to a 47-25 lead. Akron went 9:55 without a field goal until Pat Forsythe broke the streak with a jumper with 11:51 remaining.

Michael Carrera scored 13 and grabbed seven rebounds for South Carolina and Mindaugas Kacinas finished with 11 points.

Quincy Diggs led Akron with 13 points.


No. 3 OHIO ST. 71, UL MONROE 31

COLUMBUS -- Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points and LaQuinton Ross added 15 to lead No. 3 Ohio State past Louisiana at Monroe 71-31 on Friday night.

Amedeo Della Valle chipped in with 14 points for the Buckeyes (13-0), who have won their first 13 games in a season for the fifth time in school history (1961, '62, '91 and 2011).

Jayon James led the Warhawks (3-5), who have lost their last four, with eight points.

They hit just 19 percent of their shots from the field (10 of 54) and 17 percent on 3-pointers (3 of 18).

Ohio State came into the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense (55.9 points) and 13th in field goal percentage defense (.379).

They went a long way toward padding those numbers holding the Warhawks to 20 points on 23.3 percent shooting in the opening half.

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