Trevon Bluiett had another big game against Xavier's crosstown rival, one that ended with more hard feelings. The Musketeers' annual grudge match with Cincinnati fit the mold and left the city's college basketball fans with plenty to debate for another year.
Bluiett scored 28 points as the 21st-ranked Musketeers ran away to an 89-76 victory over No. 11 Cincinnati on Saturday, their eighth victory in the last 11 games of the series.
There were three technical fouls and animosity at the end. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin exchanged words with Xavier senior J.P. Macura and had to be pulled away from the postgame handshake line by an official and an assistant Cincinnati coach.
Xavier coach Chris Mack emotionally defended his player afterward and tried to keep the focus on the Musketeers' impressive win.
“There's no other narrative other than us playing better than Cincinnati and beating Cincinnati,” Mack said.
at No. 1 Duke 96, South Carolina 80: Grayson Allen scored 15 of his 25 points in an eight-minute opening blitz for the the Blue Devils, who maintained a comfortable lead throughought the game. Duke freshman Marvin Bagley posted his eighth double-double of the season (19 points and 12 rebounds) to tie Minnesota's Jordan Murphy for the national lead.
No. 2 Kansas 76, at Syracuse 60: Devonte' Graham matched his career high with 35 points for the second consecutive game as the Jayhawaks beat the Orangemen in the HoopHall Miami Invitational. Tyus Battle scored 22 points for Syracuse, which was playing away from the Carrier Dome for the first time this season
No. 4 Villanova 94, Saint Joseph’s 53: A school-record 19 three-pointers, including 10 straight, helped Villanova bury its in-state rival. The Wildcats topped the 17 three-pointers made against Lehigh in 2005.
at No. 7 Kentucky 79, Harvard 70: The Wildcats went on a 13-0 run midway through the second half and held off the pesky Crimson. A barrage of three-pointers — including six from by sophomore forward Seth Towns (25 points) — kept Harvard within reach.
No. 8 Wichita State 69, Baylor 62: Conner Frankamp scored 17 points, including a three-pointer with 2:50 to go that sparked a game-ending 7-0 run for the Shockers. The Bears had won 46 straight at home against nonconference opponents.
at No. 10 Miami 80, Princeton 52: DJ Vasiljevic scored 20 points and Bruce Brown Jr. added 17 as the Hurricanes cruised in the HoopHall Miami Invitational. Miami shot 14 for 25 from three-point range.
at No. 18 Virginia 75, Lehigh 54: Kyle Guy scored 21 points for the Cavaliers one day after getting five stiches in his shooting hand. Guy played just 24 minutes but matched his career high with five three-pointers.
at No. 20 Arizona State 75, San Francisco 57: Redshirt freshman Romello White had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Sun Devils (7-0), who are off to their best start since the 1980-81 season.
at No. 23 Texas Christian 92, Yale 66: Desmond Bane scored 18 points and Jaylen Fisher had 17 points and seven assists as the Horned Frogs won their nation- leading 13th straight game.
at Oregon State 78, Loyola Marymount 74: Center Drew Eubanks had 22 points on 10-for-10 shooting and four blocks, and Tres Tinkle added 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks for the Beavers (4-3). Zafir Williams had 14 points and six rebounds for the Lions (4-3).
Fresno State 106, at Long Beach State 70: Jaron Hopkins scored 26 points and Deshon Taylor added 23 for the Bulldogs, who took a 21-1 lead and never looked back. Hopkins finished 10-of-13 shooting and was six of seven from the free-throw line. Temidayo Yussuf lead the 49ers with 13 points.
at Cal State Fullerton 86, Cal Lutheran 58: Kyle Allman scored 22 points shooting nine of 14 from the floor, and the Titans pulled away in the second half against the Division III Kingsmen. Kyle Ferreira led Cal Lutheran with 17 points.
at Grand Canyon 68, UC Riverside 56: Roberts Blumbergs scored 14 points, Casey Benson had 12 and four steals, and the Antelopes bounced back from their first loss of the season. Alex Larsson led the Highlanders (2-5) with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Nevada 76, at UC Irvine 65: Jordan Caroline poured in 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out four assists to help Nevada remain unbeaten with a 76-65 victory over UC Irvine on Saturday night.
at Cal Poly 91, Pepperdine 81: Marcellus Garrick scored 20 points and Donovan Fields had 17 and a career-high 11 assists. Kameron Edwards and Colbey Ross scored 21 points apiece to lead the Waves(2-6). Nolan Taylor chipped in 14.
at UC Santa Barbara 67, San Diego 57: Max Heidegger made four of nine three-point attempts and scored 21 points for host Santa Barbara (6-2). Leland King II added 18 points.
Stanford at Long Beach State 2 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at Montana 6 p.m.