Kobe King scored a game-high 18 points, Nate Reuvers added 14 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks, and the Wisconsin Badgers defeated Eastern Illinois 65-52 in their home opener Friday night in Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin forward Aleem Ford had 11 points before fouling out, as the Badgers (1-1) bounced back from their season-opening overtime loss to No. 20 Saint Mary’s on Tuesday.
Marvin Johnson led Eastern Illinois with 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and George Dixon added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers.
But the night belonged to Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore.
Before the game, Wisconsin had a video tribute and a moment of silence for Moore and his family. The Moore family was involved in a fatal accident in May. Moore’s wife, Jen, and 9-year-old daughter, Jaidyn, were killed, as was the driver of the vehicle that collided with the Moore family’s SUV.
Moore suffered serious burns and his 13-year-old son, Jerell, escaped with minor injuries. Moore had plans on returning to coaching this season. But a month after the accident, Moore was back in the hospital after being found unconscious in his home. He is on medical leave.
Moore’s parents spoke to the crowd before the game, and Jerell was introduced as an honorary member of the Badgers’ starting lineup. Jerell wore No. 34, the jersey number his father donned for Wisconsin in the 1990s.
The Badgers are wearing warm-up shirts this season honoring Moore. They read: Be Moore. Do Moore. 4 Moore.
Iowa 87, SIU Edwardsville 60 — At Iowa City: Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Joe Wieskamp finished with 16 points as Iowa opened the season with a home win over the Cougars.
After offseason hip surgery that put his availability this year into doubt, Jordan Bohannon came off the bench for Iowa and had nine points and four assists. Dubuque Wahlert graduate Riley Till finished with two points and a rebound for the Hawkeyes.
No. 2 Kentucky 91, Eastern Kentucky 49 — At Lexington, Ky.: Nick Richards had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Immanuel Quickley added 16 and Kentucky scored the game’s first 14 points.
No. 3 Kansas 74, UNC Greensboro 62 — At Lawrence, Kan.: Devon Dotson scored 22 points, Udoka Azubuike had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double and Kansas bounced back from a season-opening loss to beat UNC Greensboro.
No. 4 Duke 89, Colorado State 55 — At Durham, N.C.: Tre Jones had 15 points and eight assists and Duke routed Colorado State.
No. 9 North Carolina 78, UNC Wilmington 62 — At Wilmington, N.C.: Freshman star Cole Anthony had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead North Carolina.
No. 14 Memphis 92, Illinois-Chicago 46 — At Memphis, Tenn.: James Wiseman had 17 points and nine rebounds hours after getting a temporary restraining order to play amid an NCAA ineligibility ruling, leading Memphis past Illinois-Chicago.
No. 17 Utah State 89, Weber State 34 — At Logan, Utah:Justin Bean had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Sam Merrill added 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists as Utah State beat rival Weber State.
No. 19 Xavier 81, Siena 63 — At Cincinnati: Tyrique Jones and Naji Marshall each scored 20 points for Xavier.
No. 22 LSU 88, Bowling Green 79 — At Baton Rouge, La.: Javonte Smart and Emmitt Williams each scored 21 points, and LSU opened its season by beating Bowling Green.
No. 24 Auburn 76, Davidson 66 — At Annapolis, Md.: Isaac Okoro scored 17 points, Danjel Purifoy had 14 and Auburn eased past cold-shooting Davidson in the opener of the Veterans Classic.
No. 25 VCU 59, North Texas 56 — At Richmond, Va.: Mike’L Simms hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 2:07 for his only baskets of the game and VCU held off North Texas.