NO. 1 KENTUCKY 83, UCLA 42
CHICAGO — Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game’s first 24 points in an 83-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
Aaron Harrison added 15 points, and the Wildcats (12-0) handed the Bruins (8-4) one of their most-lopsided losses ever.
The first meeting between the storied programs in eight years turned ugly as soon as the game started, with Kentucky dominating UCLA in every possible way.
The 24-0 run at the start of the game was eight shy of the record between two Division I teams, set by Connecticut against New Hampshire on Dec. 12, 1990. And the 41-point margin was seven shy of the Bruins’ record.
Wildcats led 41-7 at the intermission, the lowest points total in a half for UCLA and the fewest by a Kentucky opponent since December 1943.
NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 76, WESTERN KENTUCKY 67
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Terry Rozier took charge after the first-half ejection of Montrezl Harrell to score a career-high 32 points, including 26 in the second half for Louisville.
Rozier closed Louisville’s scoring with five free throws to finish 11 of 13 from the line and made three 3-pointers that quashed the Hilltoppers’ hopes of seizing momentum following Harrell’s exit with 38.7 seconds remaining in the first half. The preseason first-team All-American was assessed a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow following a shoving match after a loose ball scramble.
Chris Jones added 10 points for Louisville (10-0).
T.J. Price scored 24 points for the Hilltoppers (5-5).
NO. 7 VILLANOVA 82, SYRACUSE 77, OT
PHILADELPHIA — JayVaughn Pinkston had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Darrun Hilliard scored 23 points and Villanova beat Syracuse to improve to 11-0.
The Wildcats never led until overtime and rallied from a 15-point hole to stun their former Big East rival. Josh Hart buried a 3-pointer and Pinkston tied it at 69-with 4.2 seconds left in regulation.
Josh Hart added 21 points for the Wildcats.
Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije each scored 18 points for Syracuse (6-4).
NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA 82, NO. 12 OHIO STATE 74
CHICAGO — Brice Johnson had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and nine rebounds, and North Carolina used its stout defense to hold off Ohio State.
Marcus Paige added 16 points for the Tar Heels (8-3), and Kennedy Meeks finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Meeks and Johnson led North Carolina to a 53-40 rebounding advantage.
Marc Loving made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Ohio State (9-2), which had won four in a row. Sam Thompson scored 17 points, and D’Angelo Russell had 11 points and eight rebounds.
INDIANA 82, NO. 23 BUTLER 73
INDIANAPOLIS — Troy Williams matched his career high with 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added 20 to help Indiana beat Butler.
Coach Tom Crean earned his 300th victory. Indiana (9-2) beat a ranked opponent for the 17th time since 2011-12, the most in the Big Ten.
Kellen Dunham led Butler (8-3) with 23 points. The Bulldogs lost their second straight to a power conference foe.