College basketball: No. 25 Michigan is upset while UNC pulls rank on Wisconsin

College basketball: No. 25 Michigan is upset while UNC pulls rank on Wisconsin
South Carolina guards Duane Notice (10) and Sindarius Thornwell pressure Michigan guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman during the second half of their game Wednesday. (Sean Rayford / Associated Press)

Sindarius Thornwell had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Carolina past cold-shooting and 25th-ranked Michigan, 61-46, on Wednesday night at Columbia, S.C.

The Gamecocks improved to 5-0 for a second straight season and knocked off their first ranked opponent since an 81-78 win at No. 8 Texas A&M last February.


South Carolina got a big assist in this one from Michigan's awful outside touch — it finished 10 of 52 (19.6%) for its worst shooting percentage in six years.

It was the first time the Wolverines (4-1) hadn't reached 50 points since scoring 42 in a loss to Eastern Michigan on Dec. 9, 2014.

The Wolverines scored more points from the free throw line, 24, than the field. They hit just two of 26 attempts from behind the arc.

No. 4 North Carolina 71, No. 16 Wisconsin 56: Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, Joel Berry II scored 22 points and the Tar Heels ran away from the Badgers at Lahaina, Hawaii, to win their fourth Maui Invitational title.

The long, athletic Tar Heels (7-0) dominated Wisconsin (4-2) at both ends of the court, holding the Badgers to 38% shooting and harassing their leading scorer, Bronson Koenig, into a one-for-13 night.

Isaiah Hicks had 15 points for North Carolina and Justin Jackson added 12. Vitto Brown led Wisconsin with 15 points and Ethan Happ had 13.

Wisconsin missed its first 11 shots and needed nearly 71/2 minutes to score. The Badgers settled down and cut the lead to four before North Carolina stretched it to 29-20 by halftime.

at No. 1 Kentucky 101, Cleveland State 70: Malik Monk scored 23 points and De'Aaron Fox added 16 to propel the Wildcats' rout. With leading scorer Isaiah Briscoe sidelined by a back injury, the freshman duo picked up the slack, helping Kentucky (5-0) roll to a 16-2 lead that was never threatened in the Wildcats' first game as the nation's top-ranked team. They combined for 31 first-half points alone, with 19 from Monk. Rob Edwards' 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting led Cleveland State (1-3), which couldn't keep up with the Wildcats on either end and trailed 56-35 at the break.

at No. 2 Villanova 63, College of Charleston 47: The defending national champions improved to 6-0 as Josh Hart had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Kris Jenkins scored 11. Jarrell Brantley led Charleston (3-3) with 18 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars shot four for 22 from three-point range.

at No. 6 Duke 88, William & Mary 67: Frank Jackson contributed 19 points and the Blue Devils (5-1) put away the Tribe (2-2). William & Mary hung around this one until the second half, but Duke shot 52% after the break and pushed its lead well into the 20s with an 18-7 run midway through the half. Jack Whitman and Daniel Dixon scored 13 points each for the Tribe.

No. 10 Louisville 68, Old Dominion 62 (OT): Donovan Mitchell scored all 17 of his points after halftime to help the Cardinals (4-0) hold off the Monarchs in overtime at the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Louisville shot 30%. Brandan Stith scored 20 points, including a putback with 6.3 seconds left to force overtime for the Monarchs (2-1).

No. 13 Oregon 79, Connecticut 69: Chris Boucher scored 21 points, Tyler Dorsey added 19 and No. 13 Oregon won the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina, Hawaii. Oregon (4-2) lost its opener to Georgetown, but bounced back with an overtime victory over Tennessee on Dillon Brooks' long three-pointer. The Ducks wanted to get off to a fast start in their Maui finale and did just that, racing to a 15-point lead in the opening 4 1/2 minutes. The Huskies (2-4) chipped into the lead by halftime, but the Ducks started flying again, building the lead back up to 17.

No. 20 Baylor 71, Virginia Commonwealth 63: Al Freeman scored 15 points and came up with three baskets during a critical second-half sequence to help the Bears win in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Johnathan Motley scored a team-high 19 points before fouling out for Baylor (4-0). In addition, Manu Lecomte shook off a rough shooting game to finish with 16 points, including a hanging layup while being knocked to the ground for a three-point play to go with several key free throws in the final minute. JeQuan Lewis had 21 points for the Rams (3-1).

No. 24 Michigan State 73, St. John's 62: The Spartans (3-2) used a 17-4 burst midway through the second half to take control and build a 67-53 lead with about 21/2 minutes left in a Battle 4 Atlantis game. Freshman Miles Bridges had 22 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Marcus LoVett scored 20 for the Red Storm (2-2).