The best shots from college hoops’ opening weekend
San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin, left, shoots as Syracuse forward DaJuan Coleman (32) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on the deck of the USS Midway, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi )
All hands on deck
San Diego State and Syracuse played their opener on the deck of the USS Midway on Sunday in San Diego. The Orange cruised to the win.
Stay sunny, San Diego
After bad weather forced the game to be postponed Friday, it was blue skies on Sunday.
Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams is fouled by San Diego State's Chase Tapley while driving to the basket during the second half. Syracuse won 62-49.
We salute you
The Syracuse Orange salute in honor of Veterans Day after wiping up the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego with the home team on Sunday, beating the San Diego State Aztecs 62-49. Unlike Friday night, where there were two games on military vessels canceled due to condensation on the floor, this one was played in the sun and in full — though the Aztecs would have probably preferred a weather delay.
Marquette's Davante Gardner (No. 54) had to wait a couple of days to get his season going after Friday's Carrier Classic was canceled, so you can't blame him when he lets loose after scoring against Colgate on Sunday in Milwaukee. Gardner scored 14 off the bench and the Golden Eagles won 84-63.
Baylor forward Cory Jefferson (34) celebrates in front of Jackson State 's Willie Readus (32) after dunking during the first half of Sunday's game in Waco, Texas.
Let's get physical
Marshall's Nigel Spikes (right) looks for a rebound against Longwood's Michael Kessens during Friday's opener at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W. Va.
3's a crowd
Alabama players celebrate after guard Trevor Lacey hit a winning 3-pointer against South Dakota State during the second half of Friday's opener in the 2K Sports Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 70-67.
Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe dunks during the second half of Friday's opener against American in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 72-36.
Purdue's Dru Anthrop goes for a loose ball against Bucknell during Friday's opener in West Lafayette, Ind. Bucknell defeated Purdue 70-65.
Don't celebrate too soon
Florida State forward Terrance Shannon (2) reacts after making a basket while being fouled in the second half of Friday's opener against South Alabama in Tallahassee, Fla. South Alabama won 76-71.
Joy for Troy
Troy's Emil Jones (10) reacts with teammates following a 56-53 win over Mississippi State in Friday's opener at Trojan Arena in Troy, Ala. Jones hit the game-winning shot with 1.6 seconds left.
North Texas' Tony Mitchell reacts on the sideline in the second half of Friday's opener against Creighton in Omaha, Neb. Creighton won 71-51.
Rachel Goggins (22) cheers on the Tide during the first half of Alabama's opener against South Dakota State on Friday at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Virginia's Mike Tobey (10) and Justin Anderson (23) try to pin down George Mason's Anali Okoloji as they eye the shot at the basket during Friday's opener in Fairfax, Va. George Mason defeated Virginia 63-59.
Georgia Tech forward Marcus Georges-Hunt (3) and forward Robert Carter Jr. (4) celebrate their team's 79-61 opening win over Tulane on Friday.
Don't make me come back in
North Carolina freshman Joel James encourages teammates while standing on the sideline late in the second half of Friday's opener against Gardner-Webb in Chapel Hill. North Carolina won 76-59.
North Carolina's Marcus Paige (5) stares down Gardner-Webb's Tyler Strange during the first half of Friday's opener. UNC won 76-59.
Duke fans cheer as Duke's Ryan Kelly guards Georgia State's Manny Atkins as he looks to in-bound the ball during the second half of Friday's opener in Durham. Duke won 74-55.
North Carolina State fans try to distract Miami of Ohio's Quinten Rollins (2) during free throws with a giant cutout of C.J. Leslie during the first half of Friday's opener. N.C. State won 97-59. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
What'd I do?
North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried laughs as Lorenzo Brown explains losing control of the ball during the second half.
You can't say that Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers doesn't know how to work the crowd. Along with performing the national anthem at Pauley Pavilion on Friday night, the famous guitarist shows off his 'Free Shabazz Muhammad' shirt before the host UCLA Bruins took on the Indiana State Sycamores. UCLA won, 86-59, in the final game played by a ranked team on the season's opening day.
Speaking of Shabazz
Muhammad, the prized UCLA recruit, looks on while sitting on the bench during the first half of Friday's game. The NCAA ruled before the game that Muhammad is ineligible to play basketball after violating amateurism rules, leaving the Bruins without perhaps their best player to start the season.
UCLA unveiled its newly renovated Pauley Pavilion with a fireworks and lights show prior to Friday's 27-point win over Indiana State.
Meanwhile, on the floor
UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson, far left, was recently cleared by the NCAA to play, and here battles Indiana State's Devonte Brown for a loose ball in the first half Friday. And at the far left, in the background and wearing a black shirt, Mel Gibson looks on.
Swabbing the deck
The 2012-13 college basketball season was supposed to tip Friday with its signature game of the day being Ohio State vs. Marquette aboard the USS Yorktown in the Carrier Classic in Mount Pleasant, SC. However, despite the best efforts of military personnel and volunteers to wipe condensation off the playing surface, the game was canceled without ever starting.
Even some of the players tried to get the floor wiped off in South Carolina, but it was no use.
Delivering the news
Marquette coach Buzz Williams, right, points to condensation on the court as he talks with Ohio State coach Thad Matta, center, as military personnel and volunteers wipe off the condensation in an attempt to dry the damp court before the start of the Carrier Classic. Both sides subsequently said they would explore avenues by which to possibly hook up again.
Florida and Georgetown were supposed to tip off their season against one another at the Navy-Marine Corps Classic aboard the USS Baatan at the Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Fla. However, Mother Nature must not have liked what she saw in the first half as the game was canceled at halftime due to condensation on the playing surface. Florida led at the time, 27-23.
Enjoy it while it lasts
Georgetown players warm up prior to their Navy-Marine Corps Classic NCAA college basketball game against Florida aboard the USS Bataan at the Mayport Naval Station. The teams would only get 20 minutes of play in before the game was canceled due to condensation.
See? We told you they did play some
Florida's Erik Murphy (No. 33) tries to make a shot over Georgetown forward Greg Whittington during the first half of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic.
United States Navy sailors cheer as shirts are tossed to the crowd during the first half of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Georgetown aboard the USS Bataan at the Mayport Naval Station on Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Laying it in
Maryland's Dez Wells shoots against Kentucky during the first half of their game Friday in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn. Despite the Wildcats' much-hyped freshman class and No. 3 ranking, the Terrapins were game, taking Kentucky to the final buzzer before losing 72-69.
Rapper Jay-Z attends Friday's game between Kentucky and Maryland in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn. Kentucky won 72-69.
Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer (No. 33) and the rest of his Wildcats found it difficult to get to open space on Friday night, though they did narrowly avoid a season-opening upset.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon jumps during the second half of the Terrapins' emotional game against the Kentucky Wildcats.
What a start!
Connecticut guard R.J. Evans, center, holds up the trophy after the Huskies upset Michigan State 66-62 in their season opener on the Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base, in Ramstein, Germany.
Jim Calhoun, former coach of Connecticut, hugs current head coach Kevin Ollie after he led he led the Huskies to an upset of Michigan State.
Line up for inspection
Michigan State center Adreian Payne talks to U.S. Airforce service members after their opener against Connecticut on the Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base in Ramstein, Germany.
Playing before a crowd of American military personnel, Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels (No. 2) shoots over Michigan State on Saturday morning (German time) on the Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base.
It's no use
Bryant's Dyami Starks (No. 12) tries to get the ball from Indiana's Victor Oladipo during their season opener on Friday night. Throughout the game, Bryant's best efforts proved to be futile as the top-ranked Hoosiers breezed past the Bulldogs in Bloomington, 97-54.
Send it in!
Indiana's Cody Zeller dunks during the first half of Friday night's season opener. It was quite a debut for No. 1 Indiana, and their sophomore star did not disappoint, either, with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo should really listen to coach Tom Crean . . . the head of the Hoosiers must know what he's talking about, what with his new two-year contract extension announced Friday before the game.