No. 2 Kansas 86, Iona 66
Perry Ellis scored 21 points, freshman Joel Embiid had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a breakout performance and host Kansas used a big late run to bury Iona on Tuesday night.
Andrew Wiggins added 13 points and Naadir Tharpe had 10 assists for the Jayhawks (3-0), who got off to a sluggish start after their high-profile triumph over Duke last week.
The Gaels (1-2), using a maddening 2-2-1 zone and pouring in 3-pointers, managed to hang within single digits until midway through the second half. That’s when Kansas went on a 19-4 surge fueled by its freshmen to finally put the game away. A.J. English scored 21 points for Iona, and David Laury added 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out. Sean Armand added 14 points, hitting three 3-pointers to move within three of matching the school’s career record of 263.
While the Gaels shot the ball well, they had no answer inside for Ellis and Embiid.
No. 3 Louisville 87, Hartford 48
Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead host Louisville to an easy win over Hartford (2-3) in the Hall of Fame Tipoff. Russ Smith added 14 points as the Cardinals (4-0) extended their winning streak to 20 games dating to last season’s run to the national title. Chris Jones and reserve Chane Behanan added 11 points apiece.
No. 4 Kentucky 105, Texas-Arlington 76
James Young scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, that helped host Kentucky (4-1) put away UT Arlington (2-3). The Wildcats’ 6-foot-6 swingman made his first three from long range to jump start an 8-of-14 shooting night.
No. 6 Duke 83, East Carolina 74
Rodney Hood scored a career-high 30 points to help host Duke beat East Carolina in the NIT Season Tipoff. Freshman Jabari Parker had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (4-1), who survived a tougher-than-expected fight from the underdog Pirates (4-1) to improve to 24-2 all time in the early season tournament. Duke led by a single point with about 7 minutes left but stayed in front and did enough in the final 2½ minutes to turn away East Carolina.
No. 7 Oklahoma State 101, No. 11 Memphis 80
Marcus Smart scored a career-high 39 points and host Oklahoma State raced past Memphis (1-1) in a one-sided matchup of top teams. Smart had 26 points in the first half and finished with five 3-pointers.
No. 12 Wisconsin 103, North Dakota 85
Frank Kaminsky scored a school-record 43 points, and host Wisconsin (4-0) shot a blistering 59 percent from the field to beat pesky North Dakota (1-1). Kaminsky got the school record with about a minute left on an easy layup.
No. 17 Oregon 69, Utah Valley 54
Joseph Young scored 20 points and host Oregon (3-0) needed a 16-point surge in the second half to polish off Utah Valley (2-2).