No. 1 Kentucky 93, Northern Kentucky 63
Julius Randle scored 22 points en route to another double-double that led top-ranked Kentucky’s blowout of visiting Northern Kentucky on Sunday.
Two days after the 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward debuted with 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Wildcats (2-0), he scored 20 points in 28 minutes before later heading to the bench with 14 rebounds against the overmatched Norse (0-2).
Guard Aaron Harrison added 16 points for Kentucky while twin brother Andrew had 13. Alex Poythress contributed nine points while 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein added seven points and 11 rebounds.
Needing a good tuneup with Tuesday’s showdown looming against No. 2 Michigan State in Chicago, the Wildcats responded by dominating every area. Kentucky shot 30 of 55 from the field (54.5 percent), outrebounded NKU 51-23 and scored 36 points in the paint.
Daniel Camp’s 13 points led Northern Kentucky in the first meeting between the schools located 83 miles apart.
No. 21 Notre Dame 80, Stetson 49
Jerian Grant and Garrick Sherman scored 15 points each and No. 21 Notre Dame won for the second time in three days by 31 over visiting Stetson.
Pat Connauhgton added 10 points for the Irish (2-0), while Sherman led the team with nine rebounds. Senior point guard Eric Atkins finished with eight points, leaving him five short of 1,000 for his career.
Reserve Brian Pegg led the Hatters (0-2) with 13 points and Willie Green added eight points and nine rebounds.
The Irish improved to 48-0 at home in November under coach Mike Brey.
After scoring just 15 points in the first half of their season-opening loss at Clemson on Friday, the Hatters managed just 21 against Notre Dame as they started 1 of 5 from the field with four turnovers in the first 5 minutes. That fueled a 12-0 run that put the Irish out front 17-3, with 10 points coming off Stetson turnovers.
The second half held little drama as Notre Dame’s lead never dipped below 27 points.