Top 25 highlights
No. 2 Kentucky 71, Southern Illinois 59: Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley each scored 15 points, Nick Richards grabbed a careerhigh 19 rebounds and the host Wildcats (1-1) bounced back from Tuesday’s 118-84 shellacking by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the second half to overcome the veteran Salukis.
No. 6 Tennessee 87, Louisiana-Lafayette
65: Grant Williams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and showcased his newfound 3-point range Friday as the Vols (2-0) breezed at home.
No. 8 North Carolina 116, Elon 67: Cameron Johnson and freshman Nassir Little scored 21 points apiece and the Tar Heels (2-0) routed the host Phoenix (1-1).
No. 12 Kansas State 56, Kennesaw State 41: Barry Brown and Makol Mawien each scored 15 points and the Wildcats stumbled through a season-opening victory over the visiting Owls (1-1).
No. 15 Virginia Tech 87,
Gardner-Webb 59: Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Isaiah Wilkins scored 21 points apiece, and the Hokies opened with a home win but allowed the Runnin’ Bulldogs (0-2) to keep it close until after halftime. No. 18 Mississippi State 95, Austin Peay 67: Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points, Nick Weatherspoon added 19 and the Bulldogs won their season and home opener.
No. 22 Clemson 71, N.C. Central 51: David Skara scored 16 points and the host Tigers (2-0) opened a large early lead in a matchup of NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago.