“They came in here and executed what they were supposed to be doing,” Kentucky freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “I gave them credit for that. We shot ourselves in the foot. We didn’t make shots and gave up easy plays that could have helped us in the end.”
Kentucky’s struggles with Baylor’s combination of zone alignments were symbolized by its failure to get the ball inside to its big men and a failure to answer it from the outside.
The Wildcats (4-3) just shot 30 percent, their lowest under coach John Calipari. That was 10 percent worse than in Thursday’s 64-50 loss at Notre Dame.
“That’s what happens when you have a bunch of freshmen out there,” Calipari said.
Pierre Jackson scored 17 points and Isaiah Austin and A.J. Walton each added 11 for Baylor (5-2), which beat the Wildcats for the first time in eight tries.
Archie Goodwin scored 17 points for Kentucky.
NO. 2 DUKE 88, DELAWARE 50
In Durham, N.C., Ryan Kelly scored 15 of his 18 points in the decisive first half as Duke (8-0) routed Delaware (2-6).
Mason Plumlee added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (8-0). They never trailed, shot 52 percent, led by 46 and enjoyed a rare breather after a challenging run of games against nationally ranked opponents.
Seth Curry, the other scholarship senior on the roster, missed the first game of his career at Duke with an injured ankle.
NO. 3 MICHIGAN 74, BRADLEY 66
In Peoria, Ill., freshman Nick Stauskas scored 22 points in his first start and Michigan (7-0) survived a late run to beat Bradley (5-2).
Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley on a late run to close to 70-65 with half a minute to play. But the Braves were forced to foul and the Wolverines held on to win.
Trey Burke added 16 points in the Wolverines’ first trip to Bradley since 1997.
Lemon led Bradley with 15 points.
NO. 4 OHIO STATE 70, NORTHERN KENTUCKY 43
In Columbus, Ohio, LaQuinton Ross scored a career-high 22 points to lead cold-shooting Ohio State (5-1) past Northern Kentucky (0-5).
The Buckeyes made only 38 percent of their shots.
Deshaun Thomas added 14 points, and Sam Thompson scored 10 for the Buckeyes, who opened an eight-game homestand.
NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 69, ILLINOIS STATE 66
In Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva added 20, including four 3-pointers, to help Louisville (6-1) edge Illinois State (5-2).
Down 3 with a chance to tie, Illinois State’s Tyler Brown airballed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance at overtime, drawing considerable contact from Louisville’s Chane Behanan as the buzzer sounded. Louisville claimed the win with the shot awry and no foul called.
NO. 11 CREIGHTON 80, ST. JOSEPH’S 51
In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 23 in the first half, and Creighton (7-1) rode a fast start to an victory over Saint Joseph’s (4-2).
Gregory Echenique added 16 points and six rebounds for the Bluejays.
NO. 13 MICHIGAN STATE 84, NICHOLLS STATE 39
In East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored 13 points and Michigan State (6-2) used a big run in the first half to romp past undermanned Nicholls State (1-3).
Michigan State led 10-9 eight minutes into the game before outscoring the Colonels 27-4 during the rest of the opening half.
Nicholls State was missing three starters because of injuries or illness. Coach J.P. Piper had only eight players to work with.
VIRGINIA TECH 81, NO. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 71
In Blacksburg, Va., Erick Green scored 28 points and hit eight critical free throws in the final 76 seconds to help Virginia Tech upset Oklahoma State (5-1) remain unbeaten.
Robert Brown added 18 points and Jarell Eddie had 15 with 12 rebounds for the Hokies (7-0) and first-year head coach James Johnson. It’s their first 7-0 start to a season since 1982-83.
Le’Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart scored 18 each to lead the Cowboys (5-1).
NO. 16 MISSOURI 72, APPALACHIAN STATE 56
In Columbia, Mo., Laurence Bowers matched his career high with 23 points despite taking only one shot in the second half, leading Missouri (6-1) to an easy victory over Appalachian State (1-6) in its first game since embattled guard Michael Dixon announced he would transfer.
Earnest Ross came off the bench to add 13 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers, who have won 69 in a row at home against nonconference opponents dating to 2005.
NO. 17 CINCINNATI 58, ALABAMA 56
In Cincinnati, Cashmere Wright’s fadeaway jumper from the baseline at the buzzer gave Cincinnati (7-0) a victory over Alabama (6-1) in a matchup of teams that play shutdown defense.
Trevor Releford had a chance to give Alabama the lead, but Justin Jackson swatted away his driving jump shot. Cincinnati got the rebound and called timeout with 6 seconds left.
JaQuon Parker and Sean Kilpatrick had 13 apiece for Cincinnati. Trevor Lacey led Alabama with 16.
NO. 21 MINNESOTA 87, NORTH FLORIDA 59
In Minneapolis, Rodney Williams with 15 points and eight rebounds as Minnesota (8-1) topped North Florida (3-5).
Williams all but three of his points in the second half and Austin Hollins added 12 points for the Gophers, winners of four in a row.
NO. 25 NEW MEXICO 77, INDIANA STATE 68
In Terre Haute, Ind., Kendall Williams scored a season-high 24 points to help No. 25 New Mexico (8-0) beat Indiana State (4-2) in overtime.
Jake Odum led Indiana State with 25 points.