Quinn Cook scored 15 points and Mason Plumlee scored eight of his 10 in the second half for the Blue Devils (13-0), who are one of only four undefeated teams remaining in Division I.
Jake Cohen led Davidson (7-6) with 19 points and eight rebounds despite battling through early foul trouble, and De’Mon Brooks added eight points and 12 rebounds in the Wildcats’ 24th consecutive loss to Duke.
NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 80, PROVIDENCE 62
In Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored a game-high 23 points and Louisville
(13-1, 1-0) shot 53 percent to run away from Providence in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
Providence (8-5, 0-1) fell to 0-7 all-time in Louisville.
NO. 7 SYRACUSE 78, RUTGERS 53
In Syracuse, N.Y., Jim Boeheim notched his 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for second all-time among Division I men’s coaches, and Syracuse rolled past Rutgers in the Big East opener for both teams.
Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, trails only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who has 940 victories.
Syracuse (13-1, 1-0) has won 33 consecutive home games, the longest active streak in the nation, and has beaten Rutgers (9-3, 0-1) 13 consecutive times.
NO. 8 OHIO STATE 70, NEBRASKA 44
In Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas outscored Nebraska in the first half 18-17 and finished with 22 points to lead Ohio State past the Cornhuskers (9-5, 0-1) in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points for Ohio State (11-2, 1-0), which won its 15th consecutive Big Ten Conference home opener.
PURDUE 68, NO. 11 ILLINOIS 61
In West Lafayette, Ind., Terone Johnson had 25 points and Purdue (7-6, 1-0) upset Illinois in the Big Ten Conference opener.
D.J. Byrd added 15 points for the Boilermakers, who have won three in a row.
Brandon Paul led Illinois (13-2, 0-1) with 15 points.
NO. 16 CREIGHTON 79, ILLINOIS STATE 72
In Normal, Ill., junior forward Ethan Wragge was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for his 18 points to lead Creighton (13-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference) to a victory over Illinois State (9-5, 0-2).
NO. 17 BUTLER 70, PENNSYLVANIA 57
In Indianapolis, Roosevelt Jones scored a career-high 24 points to lead Butler (11-2)
over Pennsylvania, the Bulldogs’ eighth consecutive victory.
Miles Cartwright led Penn (2-10) with 15 points.