LEXINGTON, Ky. – Baylors comfort with the zone defense on Saturday created uneasiness for No. 8 Kentucky.
It left the Wildcats with a 64-55 loss to the Bears, a two-game losing streak and the end of their 54-game run at Rupp Arena.
Not to mention a lot of soul searching.
They came in here and executed what they were supposed to be doing, Kentucky freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein said. I gave them credit for that. We shot ourselves in the foot. We didnt make shots and gave up easy plays that could have helped us in the end.
Kentuckys struggles with Baylors combination of zone alignments were symbolized by its failure to get the ball inside to its big men and a failure to answer it from the outside.
The Wildcats (4-3) shot 30 percent, their lowest under coach John Calipari. That was worse than in Thursdays 64-50 loss at Notre Dame.
Thats what happens when you have a bunch of freshmen out there, Calipari said.
Pierre Jackson scored 17 points and Isaiah Austin and A.J. Walton each added 11 for the Bears (5-2), who beat the Wildcats for the first time in eight tries.
No. 2 DUKE 88, DELAWARE 50: In Durham, N.C., Ryan Kelly scored 15 of his 18 points in the decisive first half to lead the Blue Devils.
Mason Plumlee added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Duke (8-0). The Blue Devils never trailed, shot 52 percent, led by 46 and enjoyed a rare breather after a challenging run of games against nationally ranked opponents.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 69, ILLINOIS STATE 66: In Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva added 20, including four three-pointers, to help the Cardinals prevail.
Down three with a chance to tie, Illinois States Tyler Brown airballed a three-pointer with 8 seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance at overtime, drawing considerable contact from Louisvilles Chane Behanan as the buzzer sounded. Louisville (6-1) claimed the win with the shot awry and no foul called.
No. 11 CREIGHTON 80, SAINT JOSEPHS 51: In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 23 in the first half, and the Bluejays (7-1) rode a fast start to the victory.
Gregory Echenique added 16 points and six rebounds for the Creighton, which bounced back after being upset by Boise State on Wednesday.
No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 102, UAB 84: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Leslie McDonald scored a career-high 24 points in his first career start to lead the Tar Heels.
James Michael McAdoo added 15 points and 12 rebounds as part of a balanced offensive showing for North Carolina (6-2).
VIRGINIA TECH 81, No. 15 OKLAHOMA ST. 71: In Blacksburg, Va., Erick Green scored 28 points and hit eight critical free throws in the final 76 seconds to help the Hokies remain unbeaten and hand the Cowboys their first loss.
Robert Brown added 18 points and Jarell Eddie had 15 with 12 rebounds for Virginia Tech (7-0) and first-year head coach James Johnson. Its the Hokies first 7-0 start to a season since 1982-83.
No. 16 MISSOURI 72, APPALACHIAN STATE 56: In Columbia, Mo., Laurence Bowers matched his career high with 23 points despite taking just one shot in the second half to lead the Tigers.
Earnest Ross came off the bench to add 13 points and eight rebounds for Missouri (6-1), which has won 69 in a row at home against nonconference opponents dating to 2005. Two more subs scored in double figures – Keion Bell had 12 points and Tony Criswell had 10.
No. 17 CINCINNATI 58, ALABAMA 56: In Cincinnati, Cashmere Wrights fadeaway jumper at the buzzer gave the Bearcats the victory in a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Trevor Releford had a chance to give Alabama (6-1) the lead, but Justin Jackson swatted away his driving jump shot. Cincinnati (7-0) got the rebound and called timeout with 6 seconds left.
Wright took the inbound pass at midcourt, drove to the left side of the basket and hit his fadeaway along the baseline over the outstretched arm of 7-foot center Moussa Gueye.
No. 24 UNLV 77, HAWAII 63: In Las Vegas, Anthony Bennett had 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks to lead the Rebels.
Savon Goodman added 13 points and seven rebounds for UNLV (5-1), which pulled away after fighting off a Warriors second-half run.
NO. 25 NEW MEXICO 77, INDIANA STATE 68, OT: In Terre Haute, Kendall Williams scored a season-high 24 points to help the Lobos win.
Hugh Greenwood scored eight of his 14 points in overtime and Chad Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for New Mexico (8-0), which squandered a 19-point lead in the second half, then outscored the Sycamores 13-4 in the extra period.
New Mexico shot 20 percent from the field in the second half.
Jake Odum led Indiana State (4-2) with 25 points.