No. 1 North Carolina 77, Kentucky 58
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Deon Thompson scored a career-high 20 points to help North Carolina beat Kentucky on Tuesday night despite playing yet again without national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough.
Wayne Ellington had 16 points for the Tar Heels (2-0), who led by double figures barely four minutes into the game and never looked back in a matchup of the winningest programs in the history of men’s college basketball.
Patrick Patterson had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (0-2), who finished with 28 turnovers in their second straight mistake-prone performance.
North Carolina didn’t really need Hansbrough, who has missed almost three weeks of practice due to a shin injury. Hansbrough sat out Saturday’s opening victory against Pennsylvania.
No. 9 Gonzaga 80, Idaho 46
Spokane, Wash. — Micah Downs scored 18 points, and Austin Daye added 16 as Gonzaga blasted Idaho for its ninth consecutive victory over the Vandals.
Josh Heytvelt added 15 points for the Bulldogs (2-0), who scored the first 17 points of the game.
Mac Hopson led Idaho (1-2) with 19 points, while Kashif Watson added 12. The Vandals shot 29.8 percent, committed 20 turnovers and were outrebounded, 47-27.
No. 11 Purdue 78, Loyola of Chicago 46
West Lafayette, Ind. — E’Twaun Moore scored 14 points, and Purdue defeated Loyola of Chicago to advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals.
Robbie Hummel scored 13 points, and Marcus Green had 12 points and matched his career-high with 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers (3-0).
Purdue had only been to New York’s Madison Square Garden for the semifinals once in three previous tries. The Boilermakers lost to North Carolina in the semifinals in 1998.
No. 14 Tennessee 91, Tenn.-Martin 64
Knoxville, Tenn. — Reserve forward Brian Williams scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Tennessee.
It was the Volunteers’ 34th consecutive home victory, breaking the school record set from 1966-68.
Tyler Smith scored seven of his 19 points in the first 21⁄2 minutes for the Volunteers (2-0), who opened the game on a 27-6 run.
Williams was a key part of the big run as he went 5-of-6 from the field, including hitting a three-pointer. Williams finished the half with 13 points as Tennessee took a 57-31 lead.
Lester Hudson, the Ohio Valley Conference preseason player of the year, went 1-of-7 in the first half, but finished with 20 points.
No. 15 Arizona St. 59, San Diego St. 52
San Diego — James Harden scored 18 points and helped Arizona State take control late in a victory over scrappy San Diego State.
No. 19 USC 73, New Mexico St. 60
Los Angeles — Taj Gibson tied his career high with 22 points and had a career-best 10 rebounds, and Southern California defeated New Mexico State and started the season 2-0 for the first time in eight years.
No. 25 Wisconsin 88, SIU-Edwardsville 58
Madison, Wis. — Reserve Jon Leuer scored 19 points to lead Wisconsin to a victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
Marcus Landry added 15 points for the Badgers (2-0), while Jason Bohannon had 14 and Trevon Hughes 11, even though the starters spent most of the second half on the bench.