Tyler Ulis shook off a bloody cut next to his right eye to score 12 key second-half points and lead top-ranked Kentucky to a hard-fought 58-50 road victory over No. 4 Louisville on Saturday.
An inadvertent elbow by Louisville's Chris Jones in the first half left Ulis with two thin bandages. He hit two big three-pointers to give the Wildcats (13-0) a cushion in this showdown between unbeaten Bluegrass State rivals.
Fellow freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, and Trey Lyles joined in to help stake Kentucky to a 50-38 lead with 4 minutes, 43 seconds remaining.
Towns had 10 points and nine rebounds, while Booker added nine points for Kentucky, which held Louisville (11-1) to 26 percent shooting.
Terry Rozier scored 15 points for Louisville.
Gonzaga 87, Brigham Young 80 - Kyle Wiltjer scored 24 points, and Kevin Pangos had 21 points and seven assists, leading the No. 8 Bulldogs past the host Cougars in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams in Provo, Utah.
Byron Wesley had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (12-1).
Tyler Haws and reserve Anson Winder each scored 17 points for BYU (10-4).
Maryland 72, Oakland 56 - Jake Layman had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the No. 15 Terrapins extend their winning streak to five games with a win over the Golden Grizzlies in College Park, Md.
Dez Wells, the Terps' scoring leader the last two seasons, was back in the lineup after missing seven games because of a broken right wrist. He came off the bench and finished with 10 points.
Freshman Melo Trimble was 5 of 6 from three-point range and scored 17 points for Maryland (12-1).
Jalen Hayes scored 13 Oakland (4-10).
North Carolina 89, Alabama-Birmingham 58 - Marcus Paige scored 16 points to lead the 20th-ranked Tar Heels (9-3) past the Blazers in Chapel Hill, N.C.
C.J. Washington had 12 points and Robert Brown added 11 for the Blazers (4-9).
Ohio State 100, Wright State 55 - D'Angelo Russell scored 24 points on a stellar shooting night, and Amir Williams added a career-high 21 to lead the No. 21 Buckeyes (11-2) past the visiting Raiders (8-6) in Columbus.
Connecticut 96, Southern Methodist 45 -
The No. 2-ranked Huskies' win over the Mustangs in Hartford, Conn., gave Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma a career record of 888-134, and a winning percentage of 86.888.
That's the best in women's college basketball history, surpassing former Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore, who finished his career with a winning percentage of 86.878 and a record of 576-87.
"But if we lose Monday night, then I'm back to No. 2, and I'm king for a day," Auriemma joked.
Moriah Jefferson broke out of a three-game slump with a career-high 24 points to lead the Huskies (9-1) in the teams' American Athletic Conference opener. The junior point guard had scored just 11 points over her last three games.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 points for UConn, which hosts No. 10 Duke on Monday night.