ATLANTA — Seth Curry scored 23 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 and No. 9 Duke held off a late charge to beat No. 3 Kentucky 75-68 at the Georgia Dome on Tuesday night.
Alex Poythress scored 20 points for the defending national champion Wildcats (1-1). Archie Goodwin and Nerlins Noel added 16 points apiece.
NO. 5 MICHIGAN 77, CLEVELAND STATE 47
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and six rebounds, and Michigan advanced to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off with a victory over Cleveland State.
It was the third straight victory by at least 30 points for the Wolverines (3-0), who shot 51 percent from the field against a Cleveland State (2-1) team coming off an overtime win the day before.
NO. 21 MICHIGAN STATE 67, NO. 7 KANSAS 64
In Atlanta, Keith Appling scored 19 points, including a brilliant drive with 13.5 seconds left, and Michigan State rebounded from a season-opening loss with an upset of Kansas.
The Jayhawks (1-1) led 59-54 with 5 minutes remaining, showing signs of taking control in a game that was tight all the way. But Michigan State (1-1) rebounded behind its brilliant guards.
Freshman Gary Harris scored 18 points, including back-to-back baskets that sparked an 8-0 run. Down the stretch, it was all Appling.
NO. 14 MISSOURI 91, ALCORN STATE 54
In Columbia, Mo., Phil Pressey scored 21 points and Laurence Bowers added 14 – all in the second half– to help Missouri rout Alcorn State.
After a rough first half, the Tigers (2-0) pulled away from the Braves (1-1).
NO. 23 CONNECTICUT 67, VERMONT 49
In Storrs, Conn., Shabazz Napier scored 13 points and freshman Omar Calhoun added 12 to lead Connecticut to a win over Vermont.
Holy Cross transfer R.J. Evans added 11 points and Tyler Olander had nine points and nine rebounds for UConn (2-0), which was playing its home opener after returning from Germany and an upset win over Michigan State last Friday.
Luke Apfeld led Vermont (1-1) with nine points.
NO. 24 CINCINNATI 102, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 60
In Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and Cheikh Mbodj had four of Cincinnati’s seven blocks, leading the Bearcats to a victory over Mississippi Valley State.
JaQuon Parker added 13 points for the Bearcats, who shot 53.7 percent and dominated the boards 51-25.
Davon Usher and Darryl Marshall scored 13 points apiece for the Delta Devils (0-2).