No. 4 Wisconsin 76, Northwestern 49
Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes had a career-high 19 points and visiting Wisconsin remained unbeaten with an easy victory over Northwestern in their Big Ten opener Thursday night.
Hayes went 8-for-12 from the field and had six rebounds while showing a nice combination of power and finesse. The prize recruit is averaging 15.3 points in his past three games.
Sam Dekker scored 15 points and Traevon Jackson had 10 for the Badgers (14-0, 1-0), who earned their seventh consecutive win against the Wildcats. They shot 55 percent (32-for-58) from the field and enjoyed a 38-27 rebounding edge.
Northwestern (7-7, 0-1) has dropped two in a row after a three-game winning streak. Alex Olah had a career-high 23 points, and Drew Crawford finished with 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting.
Wisconsin improved to 14-0 for the first time since the Badgers won each of their 15 games in the 1911-12 and 1913-14 seasons. It was their 11th consecutive win in a Big Ten opener.
They can match the school record for fastest start with a victory against No. 22 Iowa in their first conference home game on Sunday.
No. 8 Wichita State 82, Southern Illinois 67
Fred VanVleet had 17 points, seven assists and two steals and visiting Wichita State remained unbeaten behind 62 percent shooting, opening Missouri Valley Conference play with a victory over Southern Illinois.
Cleanthony Early scored 23 points for the Shockers (14-0, 1-0), the preseason conference favorites coming off a Final Four appearance. The 14-0 start is five wins better than the school’s previous best and the 14-game winning streak matches the school mark set in 1953-54 under coach Ralph Miller.
Sean O’Brien and Desmar Jackson had 19 points apiece for Southern Illinois (4-10, 0-1).
No. 10 Oregon 70, Utah 68
Damyean Dotson scored twice in the final 35 seconds, including a game-winning dunk with :01 left in overtime, to help the visiting Oregon Ducks beat Utah and remain unbeaten.
Dotson’s layup with 35 seconds left tied the score at 68-68 and set the stage for his winning basket off a steal. Dotson scored 11 points while Richard Arnardi led the Ducks (13-0, 1-0 Pac-12) with 14 points. Jordan Loveridge scored a game-high 21 points for the Utes (11-2, 0-1).
No. 24 Gonzaga 73, St. Mary’s 51
Przemek Karnowski had 15 points and nine rebounds and host Gonzaga beat archrival Saint Mary’s. Kevin Pangos added 15 points and eight rebounds for the injury-plagued Bulldogs (13-2, 3-0 West Coast Conference). Gonzaga has won three in a row since losing to Kansas State. The Zags have won 21 consecutive WCC games spanning three seasons. Saint Mary’s (10-4, 1-1) played without coach Randy Bennett, who is serving a five-game suspension for NCAA violations.
Michigan 63, Minnesota 60
Jon Horford scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help visiting Michigan withstand another loss of one of its star players and beat Minnesota. Zak Irvin scored 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Wolverines (9-4, 1-0 Big Ten), who lost Glenn Robinson III to an apparent right leg injury early in the second half.
Elliott Eliason had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota (11-3, 0-1).