Nine Big Ten men’s basketball teams opened their 2013-14 seasons Friday night, including No. 2 Michigan State and No. 7 Michigan, and every team emerged victorious. Watch all of the top highlights and get scores, stats and recaps for all of the games in this post.
Illinois 80, Alabama State 63 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points and had nine rebounds in his debut to lead Illinois to a season-opening 80-63 win over Alabama State on Friday. Rice is a Champaign native but spent two seasons at Drake before transferring to Illinois (1-0).
Indiana 100, Chicago State 72 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Jeremy Hollowell scored 16 points, and Noah Vonleh finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds in his college debut Friday as Indiana overwhelmed Chicago State 100-72. The Hoosiers (1-0) won their 16th consecutive season-opener and their 29th straight home opener, though this time they did it with a completely revamped lineup.
Iowa 82, UNC-Wilmington 39 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Sophomore Jarrod Uthoff had 14 points and four blocks in his Iowa debut and the Hawkeyes rolled past UNC-Wilmington 82-39 Friday in its season opener. Freshman Peter Jok added 11 points for the Hawkeyes (1-0), who opened the game with a 52-12 run.
No. 7 Michigan 69, UMass-Lowell 42 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Glenn Robinson III scored 15 points and No. 7 Michigan pulled away in the second half to beat Division I newcomer UMass-Lowell 69-42 Friday night. Michigan (1-0) raised its Final Four banner from last season before the game, but the River Hawks (0-1) actually led by two early in the second half. The Wolverines took control by scoring the game’s next 21 points, and that was the end of the upset bid.
No. 2 Michigan State 98, McNeese State 56 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Gary Harris flourished, as expected, scoring 15 of his 20 points in the first half and finishing with a career-high 10 rebounds to help No. 2 Michigan State beat McNeese State 98-56 on Friday night in a tuneup for its next game against top-ranked Kentucky. The Spartans, though, were pleasantly surprised by how well Branden Dawson and Travis Trice played in the season-opening rout.
Minnesota 81, Lehigh 62 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Newcomer Joey King scored 20 points and Andre Hollins added 18 to lead Minnesota over Lehigh 81-62 on Friday night, giving Richard Pitino his first victory as the Gophers’ head coach. The win capped an otherwise disappointing day for the Gophers and Pitino, who earlier in the afternoon were passed over by star in-state recruit Reid Travis for Stanford.
Nebraska 79, Florida Gulf Coast 55 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Shavon Shields scored 28 points, Terran Petteway added 17 and Nebraska celebrated the opening of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 79-55 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night. The Cornhuskers, picked to finish last in the Big Ten, started fast and never trailed against an Eagles team that was the darling of the NCAA tournament last March.
Purdue 77, Northern Kentucky 76 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Ronnie Johnson had 18 points and five assists to lead Purdue to a 77-76 victory over Northern Kentucky in the season opener for both teams on Friday night. Jay Simpson had 14 points and six rebounds and Errick Peck had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (1-0), who never found a way to pull away.
No. 20 Wisconsin 86, St. John’s 75 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Josh Gasser, who missed last season with a knee injury, scored 19 points and No. 20 Wisconsin opened the season with an 86-75 victory over St. John’s on Friday night. The Badgers, who had five players score in double figures, never trailed and took control with an early 11-2 run and then went 11 of 23 from 3-point range.