Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) - Indiana awarded Tom Crean with a two-year contract extension prior to the game and then the Hoosiers rewarded their head coach with a victory in their season opener. Cody Zeller netted 18 points in No. 1 Indiana's 97-54 thumping of Bryant. Christian Watford tallied 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Jeremy Hollowell and Remy Abell recorded 12 points apiece off the bench for the Hoosiers (1-0), who are ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll for the first time in 33 years. Athletic director Fred Glass announced that Crean had been extended to a sold-out crowd prior to tip-off. The deal will keep Crean in Bloomington through the 2019-20 season. The institution won just a total of 28 games over Crean's first three years, but nearly matched that mark last year by going 27-9. The improvement carried the Hoosiers to a Sweet 16 run, which ended with a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky. Alex Francis registered 15 points and eight rebounds for Bryant (0-1).
Final Score: (3) Kentucky 72, Maryland 69
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Kyle Wiltjer had 19 points and six rebounds as No. 3 Kentucky began its title defense with a 72-69 win over Maryland. Archie Goodwin had 16 points and Jarrod Polson added 10 for the Wildcats (1-0), who defeated Kansas last year to capture their eighth NCAA championship. Alex Len totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds, Nick Faust had 11 and five while James Padgett added 10 and five for the Terrapins (0-1), who went 17-15 last season.
(4) Ohio State vs. Marquette, canceled
Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - The Carrier Classic between the fourth- ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and the Marquette Golden Eagles has been canceled due to persistent condensation on the court. Friday's game was to have been played on the deck of the USS Yorktown and was the season-opening contest for both teams. The game is not expected to be rescheduled for later in the season.
Final Score: (6) North Carolina State 97, Miami-Ohio 59
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Richard Howell had 16 points and 10 rebounds as No. 6 North Carolina State rolled over Miami-Ohio, 97-59, in the season opener for each team at PNC Arena. Rodney Purvis also netted 16 points, while Lorenzo Brown finished with 15, C.J. Leslie had 11 and Scott Wood and Thomas de Thaey each contributed 10 for the Wolfpack (1-0), who are coming off their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006. Allen Roberts had 16 points to pace Miami-Ohio (0-1), which is entering its first season under new coach John Cooper.
Final Score: (7) Kansas 74, Southeast Missouri State 55
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Jeff Withey posted a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double, Perry Ellis scored 15 points and the seventh-ranked Kansas Jayhawks opened the season with a 74-55 victory over Southeast Missouri State at Allen Fieldhouse. Naadir Tharpe supplied 10 points and Travis Releford had nine points for Kansas (1-0), which lost to Kentucky in last season's national championship game. The Jayhawks overcame subpar shooting to win their 40th straight home opener Friday night. Nick Niemczyk paced the Redhawks (0-1) with 14 points. Nino Johnson contributed 12 points and nine rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: (8) Duke 74, Georgia State 55
Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Mason Plumlee recorded a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds on Friday night, as No. 8 Duke opened its season with a 74-55 triumph over Georgia State at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Plumlee also blocked four shots, while Seth Curry added 15 points and Tyler Thornton netted 13 points for the Blue Devils (1-0), who were coming off a 27- win season that ended in disappointment, as they were upset by 15th-seeded Lehigh in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils have now won 95 straight non- conference home games, the longest such streak in the nation. Devonta White paced the Panthers (0-1) with 19 points and freshman R.J. Hunter, whose father, Ron is the Panthers' head coach, added 14 points and 10 boards for a Georgia State squad that won 22 games last season.
(10) Florida vs. Georgetown, canceled
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Friday's season-opening game between 10th- ranked Florida and Georgetown was halted after the first half due to condensation on the court. The game, which won't count in the standings, was played on the USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport. The Gators were leading 27-23 when the drying effort started with the players warming up for the second half, but the decision was made to call off the contest due to player safety. It was the second game of the night that became a victim of condensation. The Carrier Classic between the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and the Marquette Golden Eagles was canceled. That contest was to have been played on the deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C. Both teams will be back in action Sunday with Florida at home against Alabama State and Georgetown hosting Duquesne.
Final Score: (11) North Carolina 76, Gardner-Webb 59
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) - James Michael McAdoo recorded a double- double with 26 points and 14 rebounds, as the 11th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels opened the season with a 76-59 victory over the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Dexter Strickland added 13 points for the Tar Heels (1-0), who lost to Kansas in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season. Donta Harper and Max Landis ended with 13 points apiece for the Bulldogs (0-1), who went 12-20 last season. Mike Byron tallied 10 points.
Final Score: Connecticut 66, (14) Michigan State 62
Ramstein, Germany (Sports Network) - Shabazz Napier scored 25 points to help make Kevin Ollie's head coaching debut a success as the Connecticut Huskies bested the 14th-ranked Michigan State Spartans, 66-62, in the Armed Forces Classic. The game was played on a makeshift court in a converted airplane hangar at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany and signaled the beginning of a new era for the Huskies (1-0). Ollie took over for Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun, who retired after guiding the Connecticut program for 26 years. Keith Appling scored 17 points to pace Michigan State (0-1).
Final Score: (16) Creighton 71, North Texas 51
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Doug McDermott poured in a game-high 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 16 Creighton to a 71-51 win over North Texas on Friday. Austin Chatman scored 11 points and Avery Dingman added 10 for the Bluejays (1-0), who were eliminated in the third round of the NCAA tournament last season by North Carolina. Tony Mitchell scored a team-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Alzee Williams and Jordan Williams each netted nine points for the Mean Green (0-1), who finished 18-14 last season.
Final Score: (19) Baylor 99, Lehigh 77
Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Cory Jefferson set new career highs with 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 19 Baylor past Lehigh, 99-77, in the season opener for each team at Ferrell Center. Isaiah Austin added 22 points before leaving the game early in the second half with a sprained ankle for the Bears (1-0), who are coming off a season in which they set school records for overall wins (30) and victories in the Big 12 Conference (12). Pierre Jackson contributed 14 points and 12 assists in the victory. C.J. McCollum netted a game-high 36 points to go with eight rebounds for Lehigh (0-1), which became just the sixth 15th seed all-time to defeat a second seed in the NCAA tournament last season by upsetting Duke, 75-70.
Final Score: (21) Gonzaga 103, Southern Utah 65
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) - Przernek Karnowski scored a team-high 22 points, as No. 21 Gonzaga easily dispatched Southern Utah, 103-65, in the season opener for both teams. Five others scored in double-figures for the Bulldogs (1-0), who lost to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season. Guy Landry Edi posted 16 points and seven rebounds, Sam Dower poured in 15, while David Stockton and Elias Harris netted 12 points apiece. Jackson Stevenett scored a game-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting and pulled down six boards for the Thunderbirds (0-1), who begin their first season as a member of the Big Sky Conference under new head coach Nick Robinson. Collie Wade was the only other player in double-digits for Southern Utah. He scored 10 points in the loss.
Final Score: South Alabama 76, (25) Florida State 71
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - Antoine Allen had 21 points and Freddie Goldstein hit three free throws late in the game as South Alabama upset No. 25 Florida State, 76-71, as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic to open the season. Goldstein had 11 points and five rebounds, Augustine Rubit added 12 points while Mychal Ammons had 11 points and 11 boards for the Jaguars (1-0), who posted 17 wins last season. Montay Brandon and Terry Whisnant II each had 11 points while Terrance Shannon and Michael Snaer each added 10 for the Seminoles (0-1), who won their first ACC tournament championship last season, but lost to Cincinnati in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.