Top 25 Capsules
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin each scored 17 points and Butler hung on to upset No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Roosevelt Jones added 12 points for the Bulldogs (4-0), who topped the Tar Heels in an early season tournament for the second time in two meetings. Butler beat North Carolina at the Maui Invitational in 2012, blowing the game open in the first half of that meeting.
A 16-4 run over a 5 1/2-minute second-half stretch was the key for Butler this time, turning a 43-41 lead into a 59-45 cushion.
Marcus Paige scored 18 points for North Carolina (3-1), which allowed 29 offensive rebounds – matching the most by the Tar Heels under coach Roy Williams. Brice Johnson added 11 and Kennedy Meeks blocked five shots.
Butler will face Oklahoma in the semifinals. North Carolina will play UCLA in the consolation round.
OKLAHOMA 75, NO. 22 UCLA 65
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Bahamas native Buddy Hield scored 24 points, Frank Booker added 11 and Oklahoma beat UCLA in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Hield was born in Freeport and lived there until moving to Kansas as a high school junior.
Jordan Woodard added 10 points for the Sooners (3-1).
Bryce Alford scored 19 points for UCLA (4-1). Kevon Looney finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, his fourth consecutive double-double for the Bruins.
NO. 2 WISCONSIN 72, UAB 43
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Frank Kaminsky had 16 points and eight rebounds, Duje Dukan scored 11 points and Wisconsin had no trouble beating Alabama-Birmingham in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Josh Gasser added 10 points to help the Badgers (5-0) win their 21st straight regular-season nonconference game. Wisconsin will play Georgetown in the semifinals.
Wisconsin held UAB to 35 percent shooting, and is now giving up 46.6 points per game this season.
Robert Brown scored 16 points for UAB (2-3), which never led. Brown scored UAB’s first 11 points and was the only Blazer to record a field goal in the first 19:59.
GEORGETOWN 66, NO. 18 FLORIDA 65, OT
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera made a jumper with 3.4 seconds left in overtime to give Georgetown a victory over Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
It was the 21st and final lead change of the night, and sent the Hoyas (4-0) into the semifinals.
Kasey Hill’s three-point play with 11.5 seconds left put the Gators (2-2) up by one, but Smith-Rivera connected from near the top of the key for what became the gamewinner.
Smith-Rivera led all scorers with 17 points. Paul White and Jabril Trawick each added 10 for Georgetown.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points for Florida.
NO. 3 ARIZONA 61, NO. 15 SAN DIEGO ST. 59
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) – Stanley Johnson had 18 points and nine rebounds, helping Arizona gut out a victory over San Diego State for its second Maui Invitational title.
Arizona (6-0) survived a stiff semifinal challenge against Kansas State and faced a bigger one against the athletic Aztecs (5-1).
The Wildcats traded blows in this heavyweight bout in paradise, coming up with the big plays down the stretch to win their 33rd straight regular-season nonconference game.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gave Arizona his usual exuberant boost and scored 14 points, while the Wildcats closed in around San Diego State defensively in the second half to add to the Maui title they won in 2000.
Trey Kell had a four-point play with 17 seconds to go and Winston Shepard hit a 3 with less than a second left, but it wasn’t enough for the Aztecs. Kell and Shepard had 14 points each to lead San Diego State.
NO. 4 DUKE 93, FURMAN 54
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Freshman Jahlil Okafor had a season-high 24 points and Duke routed Furman.
Okafor finished 12 of 14 and has missed only five shots in three games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-0). They had little trouble remaining unbeaten, shooting 58 percent while holding the Paladins to 34 percent from the floor.
Kendrec Ferrara had 13 points and Stephen Croone added 12 for Furman (1-3).
NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 45, CLEVELAND STATE 33
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Louisville beat Cleveland State for coach Rick Pitino’s 700th college victory.
One of five active Hall of Fame coaches and among four in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pitino is 700-245 overall and 346-117 in 14 seasons with the Cardinals.
Chris Jones added 11 points, and freshman Chinanu Onuaku blocked seven shots for the Cardinals (5-0), who needed a lot of defense to put away the determined Vikings two nights after beating Savannah State by 61 points. Cold shooting and missed free throws by Louisville allowed Cleveland State (2-3) to stay close throughout and trail just 33-29 with 12 minutes remaining.
NO. 10 GONZAGA 88, GEORGIA 76
NEW YORK (AP) – Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 32 points and Gonzaga beat Georgia in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals.
Kevin Pangos added 22 points, six assists and three steals for Gonzaga (5-0). The Bulldogs will play St. John’s in the championship game Friday night. St. John’s beat Minnesota 70-61 in the first semifinal.
Charles Mann led Georgia (3-2) with 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists,
Wiltjer scored 16 of his 32 points in the first half to help Gonzaga take a 46-33 lead.
NO. 16 OHIO ST. 91, CAMPBELL 64
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Marc Loving scored a career-high 18 points and Ohio State again shot well from the field in beating Campbell in Buckeye Classic.
D’Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes (4-0) with 22 points, Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson each had 11, and Amir Williams, back after missing a game with a sore knee, had 10. Williams had a perfect night, making all three of his shots from the field and all four free throws.
Quinton Ryan had 17 points and D.J. Mason 10 for the Fighting Camels (1-3).
NO. 21 WEST VIRGINIA 103, VMI 72
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Freshman reserve Jevon Carter scored 28 points and West Virginia forced a school-record 36 turnovers in a win over VMI.
West Virginia (6-0) also tied a school record with 26 steals. The Mountaineers are off to their best start since going 11-0 in 2009-10 when they reached the Final Four. It marked the highest-scoring game for the Mountaineers since a 110-44 win over Maryland Eastern Shore in 2007.
Juwan Staten added 17 points.
QJ Peterson had 13 points for the Keydets (2-3).