LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Recapping College Basketballs Opening Day
GAMES OF THE NIGHT: No. 11 Indiana 103, No. 3 Kansas 99 OT
The Hoosiers picked up a massive win on Friday night over No. 3 Kansas, a win that is going to look better and better as the season moves along.
In the opening game out in Hawaii, the Wildcats picked off Michigan State and Miles Bridges thanks to a game-winning layup from Kadeem Allen with 1.9 seconds left on the clock. Tom Izzo is not going to be happy when he sees his team’s final defensive possession.
Wagner 67, No. 18 UConn 58: The Huskies were the only team in the top 25 to lose to an unranked opponent on Friday night as they fell to Wagner. UConn was outrebounded, shot just 31 percent from three and got a 4-for-15 performance from Jalen Adams.
No. 17 Saint Mary’s 81, Nevada 63: The Gaels kicked off their season with a dominating, never-in-doubt win over Nevada, who looks like they might actually be one of the top three teams in the Mountain West. Jock Landale led the way with 33 points and nine boards on 15-for-20 shooting.
Clemson 74, Georgia 64: Believe it or not, this was actually a bubble relevant outcome because ... both of these teams are going to be on the bubble. Marquise Reed led the way with 19 points.
Chattanooga 82, Tennessee 69: The Mocs picked up where they left off last season, by beating their fourth high-major team on the road in the last two years. They play at UNC on Sunday.
Marquette 95, Vanderbilt 71: It was not a banner day in the SEC. Vandy actually led this game at halftime.
Justin Jackson, North Carolina: Jackson went for a career-high 27 points as the Tar Heels cruised past Tulane in New Orleans. Jackson becoming one of the ACC’s best wing scorers is critical for the Tar Heels this season.
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue: Swanigan had 23 points, 20 boards and six assists in a 109-65 win over McNeese State. He joined Ben Simmons and Blake Griffin as the only players to post a 20-20-5 game in the last decade.
Lonzo Ball, UCLA: No. 16 UCLA put up 119 points on Pacific, and while Bryce Alford - 30 points, six threes - was the high-scorer, it was Ball’s 19 points, 11 assists, eight boards and two steals that had everyone talking.
Ethan Telfair, Idaho State: He had 25 points, 12 boards, 10 assists and six steals. The Bengals still lost.
Penn State: Pat Chambers needs a big year to save his job. Getting mollywhopped at home by Albany is not the best way to start that season off.
Boston College: The Eagles actually lost to Nicholls State coming off a year where they went 0-19 in the ACC.
Dennis Smith Jr., N.C. State: In his first collegiate game, Smith had 11 points and five assists on 3-for-13 shooting while leaving during the second half with a thigh issue. The Wolfpack won by two over Georgia Southern.
- Playing without their three star freshmen, No. 1 Duke still steamrolled Marist.
- No. 2 Kentucky blew out Stephen F. Austin, but one thing to note: Their three guards went 13-for-34 from the floor and 2-for-11 from three.
- Jalen Brunson’s 17 points paced No. 4 Villanova in a blowout win over Lafayette.
- Tyler Dorsey led six Ducks in double-figures with 21 points as No. 5 Oregon knocked off Army, 91-77.
- Edmond Sumner and Trevon Bluiett combined for 49 points, 15 boards and nine assists as No. 7 Xavier avoided an upset against Lehigh.
- No. 8 Virginia blew out UNC Greensboro and no one on the team scored more than 15 points. That’s so UVA.
- Bronson Koenig had 16 points and Nigel Hayes had 14 points and five assists in a win over Central Arkansas for No. 9 Wisconsin.
- It took a while to wake up, but No. 13 Louisville eventually beat down Evansville at the Yum! Center.
- Silas Melson led the way with 17 points for No. 14 Gonzaga in a win over Utah Valley.
- No. 19 Syracuse answered our questions about their point guard play with Franklin Howard and John Gillon combining for 24 points and 15 assists in a blowout win over Colgate.
- No. 20 West Virginia opened their season with a 28-point win over Mount St. Mary’s.
- Kendall Yancy led five players in double-figures, but No. 21 Texas needed every minute to knock off Incarnate Word.
- Marcus Foster and Mo Watson combined for 36 points and 11 assists as No. 22 Creighton beat UMKC.
- 21 points, three assists, three steals. I think No. 23 Rhode Island‘s E.C. Matthews is healthy.
- Monte’ Morris had 21 points and 11 assists while Naz Long added 18 points, 10 boards and seven assists for No. 24 Iowa State.
- Terps fans should get used to this: Melo Trimble had 22 points and provided the heroics as No. 25 Maryland won a close game.