UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State are the top four in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s first rankings of the season. Next up were defending national champion Clemson, Georgia and Oregon. The 13-member committee will produce four more sets of rankings each Tuesday before the only ones that really count come out on selection Sunday, Dec. 8.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tre Jones scored 15 points and Cassius Stanley added 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help No. 4 Duke beat third-ranked Kansas 68-66 in the opener of the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. While Duke doesn’t have the star-studded freshmen class of last season of Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett, coach Mike Krzyzewski may have a more balanced team that made plays down the stretch when needed.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Nwora’s 23-point performance included four 3-pointers and a throwdown dunk to help No. 5 Louisville open its season by beating Miami 87-74. The Cardinals are touted as a potential Final Four team, and they lived up to the hype with a rout on the road against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. Nwora, the preseason ACC player of the year, shot 8 for 16 and had 12 rebounds in 31 minutes.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — James Banks III hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left in overtime to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 82-81 in a season-opening Atlantic Coast Conference matchup. Banks finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, the last two points coming when he calmly knocked down winning shots at the line with the rowdy home crowd roaring in a futile attempt to distract him. C.J. Bryce had 24 points to lead the Wolfpack.
NEW YORK (AP) — Freshmen Sam Brunelle and Anaya Peoples scored in double figures in their Notre Dame debut, Katlyn Gilbert added 14 and the 16th-ranked Irish held off Fordham 60-55 in a season opener Tuesday night. Brunelle scored 14 points, Peoples had 11 and Destinee Walker 10 in the 1,000th victory for the Notre Dame program _ which was runner-up to Baylor in last year’s national championship game _ and the 26th consecutive victory in a season opener.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Kiara Lewis scored 16 points and Gabrielle Cooper and Taleah Washington had 10 each as No. 21 Syracuse rallied from a 14-point first-quarter deficit to overcome Ohio 66-54 in a season opener. It wasn’t until Washington grabbed an offensive rebound and raced out to the 3-point line to hit a shot at the first-half buzzer that the Orange took its first lead, 31-30, since the opening minute.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — P.J. Horne had a tie-breaking dunk with a minute left and Landers Nolley II scored 30 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 67-60 victory at Clemson. The game was the Atlantic Coast Conference and season opener for both teams. Clemson had rallied from five-points down to it at 57-all in the last two minutes. That’s when Horne took a long pass and jammed the ball home to put the Hokies ahead for good.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dana Evans had 19 points, Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds in their Louisville debuts, and the No. 9 Cardinals pulled away to beat Western Kentucky 75-56 in the opener for both teams.