LOUISVILLE, Ky. Nate Daniels scored 15 points and Otis George tied a career-high with 10 rebounds to lead No. 10 Louisville to a 76-42 victory over Southern Mississippi on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals (10-1), fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense, held the Golden Eagles scoreless for 12:52 bridging halftime in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
No. 11 Cincinnati 71, Tulane 44
NEW ORLEANS Reserve guard Tony Bobbitt scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half for the Bearcats in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
No. 12 North Carolina 89, Miami 64
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Sean May had 23 points and 16 rebounds and Jawad Williams, Rashad McCants and Jackie Manuel each scored 15 points for the Tar Heels (9-2).
No. 14 Florida 65, South Carolina 62
COLUMBIA, S.C. David Lee had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Gators in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Lee was 8-of-12 from the field, making him 29-of-35 in the past four games for the Gators (10-2).
No. 17 Syracuse 65, St. John's 59
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Gerry McNamara scored 14 of his 23 points over the final 11 minutes to lead the Orangemen in the Big East opener for both teams.
Syracuse (10-1) won for the 10th straight time and handed the Red Storm (4-7) their third loss in five games under interim head coach Kevin Clark.
No. 19 Illinois 85, Ohio St. 63
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Reserve Nick Smith scored a career-high 22 points without missing a shot for Illinois in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Smith, a 7-foot-2 center, was 6-for-6 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and went 9-for-9 from the free throw line. He grabbed nine rebounds.
No. 20 Vanderbilt 59, Auburn 53
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Matt Freije scored 15 points and Corey Smith added 10 for Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Vanderbilt (12-0), which blew a 17-point first-half lead, is off to its best start in school history. The Commodores also eclipsed last year's win total when they went 11-18.
No. 22 Mississippi St. 61, Mississippi 54
OXFORD, Miss. No. 22 Mississippi State moved to 12-0 for the first time in school history by overcoming a 10-point second-half deficit in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs closed the game with a 22-5 run led by Timmy Bowers, who finished with 18 points.
No. 23 Marquette 65, Houston 52
HOUSTON Travis Diener was 5-for-10 from 3-point range and scored 22 points to lead Marquette.
Scott Merritt had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (10-2) in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
Iowa 71, No. 24 Purdue 61
IOWA CITY, Iowa Pierre Pierce scored 19 points and Jared Reiner added 14 to lead Iowa in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
The Hawkeyes (8-3) shot 78 percent from the free throw line, a season best, and 13 of Pierce's points came on free throws.
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LAWRENCE, Kan. Stacy Stephens scored a season-high 26 points, and Heather Schreiber and Tiffany Jackson had strong performances in third-ranked Texas' 73-54 victory over Kansas in the Big 12 opener for both Wednesday night.
No. 4 Connecticut 82, West Virginia 57
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Diana Taurasi had 14 points, and fourth-ranked Connecticut rebounded from its first loss this season.
Jessica Moore and Barbara Turner added 12 points apiece, Ashley Battle 11 and Ann Strother 10 for UConn (10-1), which won its Big East Conference opener to extend is winning streak in the league to 44 games.
No. 11 Kansas St. 95, Missouri 59
MANHATTAN, Kan. Nicole Ohlde scored 31 points and Laurie Koehn added a season-high 25 for Kansas State.
Ohlde was 14 of 16 from the floor, and Koehn nailed seven 3-pointers to lead Kansas State (10-2) to its 26th straight regular-season home win in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
No. 14 Colorado 69, No. 24 Baylor 59
WACO, Texas Kate Fagan scored 17 points and Tera Bjorklund added 16 to lead Colorado over Baylor in the Big 12 opener for both.
No. 15 Oklahoma 70, Nebraska 51
NORMAN, Okla. Maria Villarroel scored 19 points, and Oklahoma took advantage of sloppy play by Nebraska in the Big 12 opener for both.
Rutgers 56, No. 16 Virginia Tech 43
PISCATAWAY, N.J. Cappie Pondexter had 18 points and Rutgers upset a ranked team for the third time in less than a month.
Dawn McCullouch added 13 points for the Scarlet Knights (8-4, 1-0 Big East). Dawn Chriss had 14 points for Virginia Tech (12-1, 1-1).
No. 20 Boston College 73, Providence 53
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Jessalyn Deveny scored 17 points, and Boston College extended the best start in school history.
Amber Jacobs added 16 points for the Eagles (12-1, 2-0 Big East), who scored 27 points off a season-high 28 Providence turnovers.
Villanova 58, No. 24 Miami 55
VILLANOVA, Pa. Liad Suez scored 26 points and made the winning shot with 25 seconds remaining for Villanova.
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